Wirral Foodbank. Are you struggling to feed yourself and family? You can be referred for 3 days worth of emergency food. Or get involved and volunteer!
Check out the website for all the information including a list of distribution centres and collection points if you have food to spare.
About Wirral Foodbank:
Wirral Foodbank is a local charity providing emergency food to local people in crisis. Since we started in November 2011 we have fed and supported 47,234, this included 16,887 children.
HOW TO GET HELP
If you need help from our foodbank there are a few simple steps to follow.
THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP IS TO GET A FOODBANK VOUCHER.
In order to provide the most appropriate help for the circumstances of your situation we work with local agencies. If they feel you are struggling to put food on the table, they will issue you with a foodbank voucher. The local agency can also provide long term support if needed to help address some of the issues behind the reasons for your crisis. Agencies we work with include: Citizens Advice, housing support officers, children’s centres, health visitors, social services and some local charities.
1. GET IN TOUCH WITH FOODBANK.
If you call or email our foodbank we can talk through your situation and put you in touch with a relevant local agency.
2. ARRANGE A VISIT TO THE REFERRAL AGENCY.
They will discuss your situation and supply you with a foodbank voucher where appropriate.
3. BRING YOUR FOODBANK VOUCHER TO YOUR NEAREST FOODBANK CENTRE.
You can find a list of our local centres and opening times here. When you arrive, we’ll welcome you with a warm drink and our trained volunteers will chat with you about your situation. We’ll also discuss any dietary needs you may have and exchange your foodbank voucher for a parcel of three days of emergency food. We’ll also help to support you in any other ways that we can. Most of our foodbank centres offer a cafe style environment and our aim is to provide non-judgemental support at the point of crisis.
Check out all the places you can access a food bank here in Wirral:
There are also opportunities to get involved on many levels from fundraising to working at the collection depot or in distribution centres.
Across the UK between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016 1,109,309* three day emergency food supplies were provided to people in crisis who needed the help of foodbanks, of this number 415,866* went to children. The North West was the largest region in the country with 160,048* people (including 61,750* children) receiving three day emergency food supplies. Of this number Merseyside accounted for 59,603*, with Wirral Foodbank providing 11,735* people with emergency food, this included 4,223* children. (*figures supplied by Trussell Trust)
The Foodbank principle is based on giving a small amount of food – in our case just three days worth – to people who suddenly find themselves without any food or money to buy it; this can be for a range of reasons. Also help with fuel bills.
We collect and distribute non-perishable food; we are always in need of the following food items – tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tinned tomatoes, long grain rice, pasta, pasta sauce, UHT milk and tinned/packet soup. The majority of our food is donated by local people, without this support we could not operate. Thank you to all who donate so generously.
If you would like to support us you can donate food at various locations, including Tesco Bidston, Tesco Bebington and Tesco Heswall, Sainsbury’s Upton, most Co-op stores and all One-Stop Shops.
“The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”
We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.