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Access to Food


Become a member of CFINE’s affordable community food pantries

Community food pantries are here to help you access affordable and healthy foods, toiletries, baby products and household items at a low cost. We established the first Scottish food pantry in 2018 and now operate a network of three pantries in Aberdeen and one in Peterhead.

About the membership

The pantries work on a membership basis, offering you a family-oriented, shop-like experience at a fixed weekly price. Pantry members pay £3 for their annual membership, which entitles you to visit us once a week. The cost of your shopping is £2.50 per week, and you can choose up to 10 items. The estimated value of the weekly items that you will pick is around £15.

What can you choose from

As a member of the CFINE pantries, you will have the opportunity to choose from fish, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, household items, pulses and other goods. The items at the shop are marked with green and orange dots. You can choose up to seven ‘green’ and three ‘orange’ items.

If you have a Best Start Foods Card, you can use this to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs and pulses at the Pantries!

About the community food pantries

We operate the following pantries in Aberdeen:

  • Woodside Pantry (Woodside Community Centre)
  • CFINE Community Food Pantry (CFINE premises, 2-4 Poynernook Road)
  • Best Start and Smile Pantry (CFINE premises, 2-4 Poynernook Road)

The Pantry in Peterhead is called The Micro Pantry and it is located at 19 Skelton Street, Peterhead, AB42 1HR.

COVID-19 notice: To safeguard our members, volunteers and staff from the spread of coronavirus, we are asking Pantry members to book a 5-minute shopping slot in advance.

For more information about the CFINE Community Food Pantry and the Best Start and Smile Pantry please email or call us on 01224 596156

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