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Community Pantry

In response to the cost of living crisis, we are launching the ENSA Community Pantry, with the help of the university and donations from students and staff. Everybody should have easy access to food, and at ENSA we are committed to helping our students when and where we can. 

The pantry is here to support students who are struggling financially with a little extra help to try and ensure they don’t go hungry. The pantry will stock food items with a long shelf-life, such as canned/tinned goods, jars of sauces, pasta, rice, cereals, biscuits and snacks.

If you are struggling with your bills, you are welcome to come and pick up some items from the pantry for free. Stock is limited so we encourage students to be considerate when taking from the Community Pantry - please only take what you need.

How it works

You will be asked to provide your student ID when you visit the pantry. Food items are given a points rating and you can sign out a maximum of 12 points' worth of food when you visit.

Group 1: 2 points each

  • rice
  • pasta
  • noodles

Group 2: 2 points each

  • pasta sauce
  • curry sauce
  • tinned tomatoes

Group 3: 2 points each

  • vegetarian soup
  • meat-based soup
  • tuna fish

Group 4: 2 points each

  • lentils
  • mixed beans
  • baked beans

Group 5: 2 points each

  • tinned fruit
  • tinned vegetables

Group 6: 3 points each

  • cereal
  • porridge

If you have dependents, you may be entitled to more but you will need a referral from an ENSA Adviser.

You can also contact an adviser if you are experiencing extreme hardship and can't wait until one of the dates listed below. You can book an appointment with an adviser here.

Where to Find the Pantry

The Pantry service will next be available at:

  • Craiglockhart Campus (ENSA Advice Office, 1/48), Thursday 16 November (11:30am-12:30pm)
  • Merchiston Campus (ENSA Office B33), Tuesday 21 November (11:30am-12:30pm)
  • Sighthill Campus (ENSA Advice Office 1.C.30), Tuesday 5 December (11:30am-12:30pm)

ENSA Community Pantry


We will also be welcoming donations to the pantry. If you have any items in your cupboard that you don’t need, please bring them in and leave them at B34 Merchiston. Your support with the campaign will be very much appreciated!

Paypal Donations

You can also make a cash donation via PayPal which will help us to buy supplies for the Community Pantry. You do not need to create a PayPal account - just enter your card details on the payment page.

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