BARNSLEY’S first ‘Good Food Pantry’ opened its doors to residents in Royston last week providing food at a discounted price to locals in need.

Based at the Manor Court Community Centre, the pantry has been made possible by the volunteers at Royston Friends Association, support from Barnsley Council and funding from the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

The pantry will provide a sustainable and affordable food offer for local residents, forming part of the wider community support and activities the council’s teams offer.

Coun Caroline Makinson, who represents the Royston ward, said: “We’re committed to supporting families to live happy, healthy lives.

“We want to make sure everyone can access the affordable, quality food they need to thrive in our borough, so I’m delighted to welcome Barnsley’s first Good Food Pantry to Royston.

“This innovative approach is all about community and togetherness, being run by the amazing volunteers at Royston Friends Association.

“We want this to be a welcoming space for those who need it, where you’re able to pick and choose from a range of affordable, sustainable food options.

“We hope to see more pantries opening across our borough in the future.”

The site will be open every Monday from 10am until 1pm.