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Food pantries: low cost food, drink, and other household essentials

1. Food pantries - low cost food, drink, and other household essentials:

Working with local charity Urban Outreach and volunteers, we run food pantries in different areas of Bolton. At these sites you’ll be able to shop for food, drink, and other household essentials at low cost with a temporary membership fee.

You’ll get a warm welcome, a choice of goods and one-to-one support for anything troubling you. If you - or someone you know - could use some support from one of our food pantries, please complete the application form below:

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You'll then need to send the completed form to Sarah Cunniffe, our Community Development Officer, at If you're having trouble completing this form, please contact directly.

You can also email Sarah using that address above if you'd just like further information on the food-related support we can provide.

Sarah talks about our pantries:

In this short video, Sarah- our Community Development Officer- talks you through what you can expect from our four food pantries across the borough.

Food banks: free food and basic provisions for people in need.

2. Food banks - free food and basic provisions for people in need (these are separate from our pantries):

A food bank is a place where stocks of food, basic provisions, and non-perishable items are supplied free of charge to people in need. They're separate to the four pantries we help to run.

To access a food bank, you need a referral voucher which can be provided through any of our Money Advice Team ( or through Bolton Council's Local Welfare Provision (LWP) ( You can call us on 01204 328000 if you'd like us to guide you through the process.