South Alive bought the former Bin Inn building on the corner of Grace and Ness Streets in South Invercargill and has developed The Pantry into a social enterprise, and community engagement hub.
The Pantry is a retail shop selling wholefoods and specialty groceries, great barista coffee, and a simple, nutritious food range. The Pantry also features a community kitchen for healthy meal option community sessions and a variety of cooking workshops.
The Pantry will enable South Alive to become self-sufficient and sustainable. All the profits from The Pantry will be returned to the South Alive Trust, to fund operating costs and community projects.
A passionate team including a manager and trained baristas work alongside a committed team of volunteers at The Pantry and we have a focus on people needing work experience, young people entering the workforce, migrants and new residents.
This project is about taking South Invercargill to the next step - beyond physical improvements to a more resilient, connected community that believes it can help itself.