A NEW pantry has signed more than 350 members in just five weeks of operating within the community.

More than 8000 food and household items have been distributed by The Courtyard Pantry.

Located on Westercommon Drive, it is a partnership between mental health charity Flourish House and Queens Cross Housing Association.

Locals can become members for just £1 and are able to spend £2.50 in return for food and household goods worth £10-£15 per visit.

Dale Todd, Flourish House’s pantry co-ordinator, said: “The response we’ve had since opening from local people has been hugely positive. We have a steady stream of regulars and have quickly established the pantry as a valued local resource. Memberships are available to anyone living locally and we’ve been bowled over by the interest in the short time we’ve been open.”

Stock in the shop is made up of high-quality surplus food and household goods from supermarkets.

Westercommon resident Lesley Murray, who was the 350th local resident to sign up, said: “It’s a really pleasant place to come and shop and is real community asset.”

The pantry is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am-3pm but due to demand the team are looking to extend the hours.