Saving money on food shopping

Community pantries.

Here are the details of some places you can visit to help you save money on your food shopping bills:

Community Fridge - Trent Vale

Better Together Community HQ, Woodberry Close, Trent Vale, ST4 5LU. Our community fridge and emergency food support is open to everyone and no referrals or documentation are required. Every Saturday 10am - 12pm. Find out more at their website Food provision — Better Together Community Support Group®️ for Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme (


Community Grocery - Burslem

Swan Bank Church, Burslem, ST6 2AA (01782 695511)  - open Mon-Fri: 9:30am-4:30pm - Sign up for £5 annual membership. You can then get 12 items for £5, 18 items for £7.50 and 24 items for £10—Bakery, shelf items, fruit and veg, non-food, freezer and fridge. Find out more at their website.

Community Cupboard - Port Vale Foundation

Tommy Cheadles, Car Park C, ST6 1AW: open Friday 10am-12pm - choose your own items - 10 items for £5 and 15 items for £7. All sanitary products are free. 

To find out more contact

The Community Can Social Supermarket - Tunstall

Unity 24 Tunstall Indoor Market, Butterfield Place (inside Tunstall market) (07411151819): Free to join. 10 items for £5 or 15 items for £7.50 - long life items, cleaning products, baby products and toiletries.   Free sanitary products and some free end of shelf life products. In Tunstall Market - 10:30am - 2:45pm on Wednesday and Friday and 10:30am - 4:30 pm on Saturday. You can find out more information and confirm current opening times at their Facebook page.

Your Local Pantry @YMCANS - Hanley

Campus Shop, YMCANS Harding Road, Stoke-On-Trent, ST1 3AE (01782 222376). Thursday and Friday 12:00-4:00pm. £3.50 membership, weekly fee £4.50, for which they can choose at least 10 items of quality food from high street supermarkets. There is more information at their website.

Chell Parish Pantry

Church of the Saviour, Sprink Bank Road, Chell Heath, ST6 6QQ, 01782 838708, Thursday 12:00-2:00pm. This is our free pantry—there is no charge for the items you choose, plus we offer a warm space with free hot drinks, biscuits and cakes. All are welcome.

The Bread and Butter Thing

Bentilee Family Hub, Dawlish Drive, Bucknall, ST2 0HP. Tuesdays at 1:30pm.

To register: text 07860 063304 with your name, postcode and 'Bentilee Family Hub'

Once registered, members will receive a weekly text offering the food service which they can then collect from their hub.

Single bags cost £5. A 3 bag family package costs £8.50 and a large 6 bag package costs £17.

For £8.50 you will receive around £35 worth of food each week, including fresh fruit, veg, chilled food for the fridge and cupboard staples such as pasta and cereals. The food changes daily meaning the bags will change from week to week.

You can find out more information and register at their website.