The Pantry exists to nourish the spirit of generosity and well being in the community.

Our history

South Invercargill is one of the oldest residential parts of town, Over the 1990’s - 2008 the area suffered some economic, political and social setbacks. South Invercargill Urban Rejuvenation Charitable Trust, known as South Alive was established in 2012. The trust is owned and run by the community and  has achieved major change in how South Invercargill looks and feels. 

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.

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,

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.