Esperance community to benefit from Hope initiative

The Community Pantry in Kalgoorlie is the inspiration for a similar initiative in Esperance. Photo: Hope Community Services.

The Community Pantry in Kalgoorlie is the inspiration for a similar initiative in Esperance. Photo: Hope Community Services.

Hope Community Services will soon set up two community pantries for those in need in the community.

A similar initiative has already been running successfully in Kalgoorlie for the past few months and will start in Esperance in early-July.

One pantry will be located at the Gumtree Christian Fellowship Church in Nulsen, with the other under a tree in the overflow parking outside the Esperance Public Library.

The pantry outside the library will be clearly signed and weather proofed.

Hope Esperance manager Aubrey Davies-Smithies said the organisation had realised there were members of the community who were in need, but who were also too embarrassed to ask for support.

"There are also members of the community who want to give support," Mr Davies-Smithies said.

"We were looking for an avenue for people to give or to take without being judged.

"There is no gate-keeping. Whatever is put into the pantry is accessible to everyone else."

Mr Davies-Smithies said the pantries would be stocked by local community members and businesses.

"The purpose of this initiative is when people are going through their home pantry and they realise that they've go excess of what they may need or if they're just doing a quick shop at Woolworths and they realise they can afford a couple of extra cans of food, they can put it in there," he said.

"That's what has happened in Kalgoorlie and it has been very successful ever since it has started.

"It's an opportunity for members of the community to pay for it if they've got and give to those who are in need.

"Because in time, things turn around and you might find the people who are using it now will pay for it later."

Esperance Men in Sheds have offered to build the pantries and the Shire of Esperance has offered support in ensuring the pantries are fit for purpose and in minimising the impact on the wider community.

Donated items must be non perishable, sealed and non-alcoholic.

If the pantries are full, items can be donated to Hope on Dempster Street and the organisation will then restock the pantries.

Mr Davies-Smithies extended a "huge thanks" to Esperance Men in Sheds for building the pantries and the shire for its support.