Where does your membership donation money go?

Where does your membership donation money go?

Wondering what happens to your donation fees?  As a wholly volunteer-run Pantry, we work very hard behind the scenes to ensure our Thursday and Sunday morning pantry is fully stocked with fresh, healthy produce plus a range of ambient items.  Thanks to the kind donations from some of our food partners, and our subscription to the surplus charity Fareshare, we can usually supply a healthy, nutritious and useful package of food to suit most households.

This is where donation money goes:

  • Fareshare subscription
  • Admin costs (administration of our legal compliance)
  • Cost of refrigeration and freezing equipment
  • Partial cost of electricity to run above
  • Cost of fuel for collections to some volunteers
  • Staff Training (e.g. Food Hygiene Certificates)
  • Premises Hygiene
  • Maintenance and repairs of equipment
  • Sundry items (packaging, cleaning materials)
  • Purchasing food, hygiene products etc as needed

What it is not used for:

  • Rent
  • Wages
  • Time spent running project
  • Cost of building website or POS system
  • Cost of volunteer time 50+ collections per week, 100+ volunteering hours per week
  • Refuse collection
  • Cost spent on meetings, learning and developing systems etc
  • Website hosting or development

We can operate thanks to the generous contribution of our volunteering team for their time, and the donation of space in the gym.  Also to the generous donations from food partners such as Tesco Group, Getir, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Asda and Howdens.

Working with Nandos Yummy ChickenFood Pantry

Working with Nandos Yummy Chicken

Hangar Food Pantry – Did you know that one of our FIFTY PLUS collections a week is from Nandos?

Nandos LogoNandos has a sustainable and waste-saving project whereby they donate leftover chicken to charitable projects.

You can read about it here.

They chill and freeze unsold cooked chicken (before anything spicy is added!) and donate it to us as a local food partner.

This is great on every level:

  • It saves waste
  • It provides nutritious and healthy food to those who need it
  • It helps save money
  • It saves energy on cooking
  • Chicken is the handiest thing to have to make so many nutritious meals!

If you’re a busy household, you already know just how handy leftover chicken is – you can do so much with it!

When you receive the chicken, it just needs to be defrosted for 24 hours in the fridge, and it’s ready to use just like any other cooked chicken is.

We have both regular and Halal available.

You can use it in anything!

  • Sandwiches
  • Packed lunches
  • Stir fry
  • Curry
  • Chicken chili
  • Chicken and rice
  • Chicken jambalaya
  • Peri Peri chiken
  • The list goes on!

If you’re a visitor to our Pantry, ask the staff regarding availability.


Best Before Use By DatesSave Waste

Best-Before and Use-By Dates

It is important to understand ‘best before’ and ‘use-by’ dates on food labels and how you must treat them differently.

The Best Before date, sometimes shown as BBE (best before end), is about quality and not safety.  Other foods have a Use By date.  That food either needs to be eaten before that date, or frozen if it’s freezable (we save whatever we can when we receive this kind of food).

After the Best Before date listed on a product, the food will be safe to eat but may not be at its best. Best Before dates appear on a wide range of foods including:

  • frozen foods (such as peas, chips and ice cream)
  • dried foods (such as pasta and rice)
  • tinned foods (such as baked beans and canned tomatoes)
  • cheese

Please read this information in full to ensure you’re up to date with the latest safety guides.

Egg Freshness TestSave Waste

Egg Freshness Test

Egg Freshness Test

  • A very fresh egg will sink to the bottom of a bowl of water, and lay on its side
  • One-two week old eggs will sink to the bottom and the wider end of the egg will raise up slightly
  • Three week old eggs will be balanced on their narrow end with the wide end upwards
  • Old and rotten eggs will float to the top and should always be discarded