Food Banks, Food Larders and Pantries. What are they and what’s the difference?
Food Banks in K&M
Food Banks can be seen as a more traditional method of supplying emergency food to those
that need it.
Food banks usually operate on a referral basis. Each food bank works with different frontline
professionals, like doctors, health visitors, social workers, and Citizens Advice. These
professionals will be able to refer you to a food bank and give you a food bank voucher if
they think you need emergency food
Food Banks will normally ask for basic information in order to find the best support for your
need. They traditionally supply a food parcel though delivery.
Aberdeenshire South Foodbank covers K&M and some of Marr , you could get emergency
boxes for your office. Their contact details are – aberdeenshiresouth.foodbank.org.uk.
There also two very well run food banks based in Stonehaven ran by religious organisations,
Far & Wide and The Catalyst Church (Storehouse)
Food Banks – Where does the food come from? And what is in a Parcel?
Non-perishable, in-date food is donated by the public at a range of places, such as
schools, churches, and businesses, as well as supermarket collection points. It is then sorted
into emergency food parcels by more than 28,000 volunteers, to be given to people in
What’s in Food Parcels? Typical food parcel includes items such as: Cereal, Soup, Pasta,
Rice, Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce, Lentils, beans and pulses, Tinned meat, Tinned
vegetables, Tea/coffee, Tinned fruit, Biscuits, UHT milk, Fruit juice – there may be non food
items as well such as Toiletries, Household items, Feminine products, Baby supplies nappies,
and Face masks and hand sanitiser.
Food Larders in K&M
Food Larder operate supply food to our communities. Community Food Larders function
differently to a foodbanks, as they are usually open at certain times during the week and
are open to all.
No referral is required while using a food larder, and they also do not require details to
Visitors to the larder have the ability to choose items which they require
There are currently Food Larders in Kincardine and Mearns include, Auchenblae,
Fettercarin, Laurencekirk (Academy and the Venue), Luthermuir, Inverbervie,
Stonehaven (The Haven), Portlethen and Johnshaven
Food Larders in K&M: Where does the Food come from? What could I find?
Larder can be supplies food from a various range of sources, this can be though
donations which are handed into the larder,
It can be through local businesses that have food which are near their shelf life such as
the Co-op – https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/food-and-drink/2442754/how-community-larders-teamedup-with-the-co-op-to-save-food-for-families-who-really-need-it/
Some local farms that supply food at a lower cost.
Fareshare Grampian operated by Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE)
supports the local larders with deliveries of food to Portlethen, Stonehaven and the
Larders also use their own fund to supply food or ‘top up’ what can’t be accessed from
Larders have a wide range of items, which include many of those that could be found
in food parcel.
Currently there are no food Pantries located in across Kincardine and Mearns,
however it is something that hasn’t been thought about.
A community pantry can be seen as membership programme or club that
enables visitors a range of benefits including low cost food. Costs for Pantries
can be around £5-10 registration per year plus £2-7 per visit for members.
Food Pantries tend to have the same methods in acquiring food as a food
larder and support the eco process of reducing food waste.
Anyone can join a food pantry and there is usually not a referral system.
Food Pantries are usually only available to those that live in the radius of the
CFINE (Community Food Initiatives North East) launched the first pantry of its
kind in Scotland, which gave users the chance to pick their own items from the
shelves in Woodside Aberdeen.
To find out more click on the link
Week 4 – ‘Food’
This week we talk all about food. How with partners we aim to help those in need alongside food facts, food art, food health, food challenges and food fun!
The last year has seen significant challenges for our communities, one of which has been the increase of food larder and food bank provision across the area. Local food distribution has increased dramatically during the pandemic with volunteers coming together to help and support. If you have wondered what the differences are between the Food Banks and Food Larders are, we give you the facts.
Fareshare UK has regularly been in the news during the pandemic being supported by the Scottish Government to try to make sure no family goes hungry. Fareshare Grampian support K&M and are primarily an Eco project. If you want to know more, please look at the link given.
Another major story that has come from the pandemic is home schooling and keeping our family entertained. This week coincides with National Story telling week and how we can use food to keep our spirits up!
If you’re looking for more challenges around the house, have a look at our food learning challenges and how these can be adapted for the whole family.
Finally, if you’re looking for facts about food, how to eat well and on a budget please see our Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership newsletter from Week 1 of ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’, bursting with handy food tips!
Week 4 Programme
Day 1) Food Bank, Food Larder – What’s The Difference?
Day 2) National Story Week With Food Art
Day 3) What is Fareshare?
Day 4) Food Learning Challenges
– Graeme Hooper Community Learning and Development Worker Aberdeenshire