In May 2017 South Alive opened the doors to The Pantry, a bulk grocery and speciality foods store with a community cafe that is designed to create revenue to fund South Alive and their community projects.
At the heart of The Pantry is sustainability, nourishment and our community.
Food and community are inseparable.
Nourishment at The Pantry is about nutrition, and the connections people make with food. When we make healthier choices, we discover that many of the choices that are good for our own personal health are also good for the environment, our community, and our local economy.
Every time you shop you help the community.
Just by you shopping at The Pantry, we’re able to support local producers, host community workshops and be a hub for community groups like the mobility scooter club and our local knitters.
A little loose change spent instore can help make big changes in our community. Every cent goes to helping the Pantry and South Alive fund community projects right here in South City.
The Pantry can help make the world a little less wasteful.
Simple sustainable shopping is achievable at The Pantry from bulk goods you can fill your own containers with, to our eco-friendly products. If you want to know more about taking action to become more sustainable in your home, come along to one of our sustainable workshops like composting.
SO WHAT DOES SOUTH ALIVE DO WITH THIS SUPPORT FROM THE PANTRY?
South Alive is an urban rejuvenation project, led by the community, with the goal of identifying the best possible future for South Invercargill and ways to make it happen. Our Community Plan has 5 main goals:
UPGRADE - Encourage pride and wellbeing in South Invercargill by improving beauty and function
COMMUNITY - Develop community identification, pride, participation & connection
CAPACITY - Build community capability, resourcefulness and confidence
GOVERNANCE - Continue to develop governance capability of the board and South Alive as an effective organisation
SUSTAINABILITY - Maintain and further develop the community hub and a successful social enterprise business
EACH MONTH WE WILL TELL YOU A LITTLE ABOUT OUR SOUTH ALIVE TRUSTEES AND VOLUNTEERS
TRUSTEE - JESS CHALMERS
My name Jess Chalmers, I have been a volunteer with South Alive and a member of the South Alive Fruit & Nut Team since 2012. I have also been a South Alive Trustee for the past 4 years.
We have 6 orchards and 2 areas of fruit trees interplanted with parks and plantings. Of the 9 original team members we still have 8 and have gained 4 new people. We don't just work, we enjoy a cuppa and a get together.
We all wanted to plant fruit and nut trees for the community to enjoy.
If you see us at any of the orchards stop by and have a chat, you may like to join in and learn some new skills and knowledge about fruit and nut trees along with underplanting.
TRUSTEE - GAYLE HAMMOND.
Hi my name is Gayle
Gordon (my husband) and I have lived in South Invercargill for 41 years and when South Alive was formed 9 years ago we could see the positive effects it could have on our Community and wanted to be a part of creating vibrancy and a great place to live and work.
We joined the Beautification team and have made great friends and meet wonderful gardeners as together we achieved the Community Garden. Latterly I joined the South Alive Board and enjoy learning what makes our organisation tick, and grow.
We are so lucky to have our beautiful park, community garden, our Pod area and the Pantry, it is a great achievement. Please come and enjoy it and you are welcome to take some produce from our South Alive gardens, purchase from our plant trolley and join us for a working bee or a chat.
VOLUNTEER / HOST - GLENDA
Glenda is one of our lovely volunteers who comes in each Tuesday and donates 2 hrs of her time to be our South Alive host, where she meets and greets our community when they enter The Pod.
We really enjoy having Glenda as part of our team at South Alive.
If you think this might be something you would like to be involved in then please phone 2186882 or pop in and see Claire in the office for a chat.
PAY IT FORWARD PROGRAMME UPDATE - FOOD HAMPERS
In the two weeks prior to Christmas, 29 food bags with festive food hampers and goodies platters, and accompanying $50 New World gift cards, were distributed. This was a very well-received joint initiative of South Alive, The Pantry, Aurora College and Foodstuffs NZ.
Cash donations for Pay It Forward are being used to purchase meat (sausages, mince) to add to the bags. With added extras from the South Alive Fruit and Nut Action Team, Aurora College garden etc. we have been able to make up more varied bags.
The NW gift cards are a very well received addition and we will continue to receive 20 x $50 gift cards each month until October 2021.
PAY IT FORWARD PROGRAMME UPDATE - KNIT WITZ TEAM
Knitwitz are part of the Pay-It-Forward action group at South Alive. This wonderful group does knitting that benefits those in need in our community by knitting a range of slippers, as well as blankets, beanies and singlets for newborn and at risk babies.
Their knitting projects are part of a community led model of innovative projects at South Alive and items such as these produced by the Knitwitz that positively benefit the community. The Knitwitz group meet weekly at The Pod community rooms at South Alive and connect through vibrant laughter and their love of knitting.
We enjoy having them in our community space each week.
MAY CAUSE CHANGES TO OUR EVENTS BELOW
Dog Park Shelter Painting Working Bee TBA
South Alive Housing Group Presents: Apartment Living
April - school holiday programme