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Concrete launches food pantry to support customers impacted by homelessness

Concrete launches food pantry to support customers impacted by homelessness

We’re expanding the support we provide to customers by launching our very own food pantry at our head office in Stoke.

At Concrete, we support over 100 people who live in our properties across the city. We give them a safe place to stay and access to tailored support.

This month, thanks to winter funding from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, our teams have stocked up on food and toiletries for customers in need.

As a result we now have a pantry, which is open to customers living in our properties across the city.

Items available include tinned foods, such as vegetables, tuna and beans, pasta, cereal, juice, tea, sugar and long-life milk.

There’s also cleaning products, washing powder, toilet paper and toiletries including deodorant, shampoo and feminine hygiene products.

As we continue to experience the current cost-of-living crisis, this kind of support is more important than ever.

If individuals and families are unable to pay rent and bills, it puts them at risk of losing their home. According to new research from homelessness charity Shelter, there are at least 271,000 people experiencing homelessness in England, including over 120,000 children. The actual number is expected to be much higher.

We can see and understand the impact that the crisis is having on people on low incomes. The new pantry is another step in making sure our customers have everything they need on their journey towards independent living.

Service Manager Dean Marsh standing in the pantry
Service Manager Dean Marsh with items from the pantry

Service Manager Dean said: “We’re really excited about being able to offer the pantry to our customers in the community.

“Times are really tough at the moment and everyone is feeling the pinch. Our customers have faced homelessness and know first-hand how difficult it is.

“We don’t want our customers to have to choose between heating and eating. We want them to have everything they need in one easy place.

“Simply giving somebody a home doesn’t end homelessness. We have to deliver support alongside that. This includes practical help, like the pantry.

“We’re looking forward to expanding the pantry this year and turning it into a one-stop shop for customers to find everything they need.

“We’d also like to say a huge thank you to Stoke-on-Trent City Council for supporting us with winter funding and making the pantry possible.”

If you’d like to support us by donating items to the food pantry, email [email protected]

Find out more about Concrete here.

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