A charity that has helped to feed hundreds of people across Knowsley has opened a new centre in Huyton.
Knowsley Foodbank, run by Jubilee Church, has two distribution centres in Kirkby and has now opened a third centre at the Apostolic Church on Liverpool Road in Huyton, where people on low incomes or who are struggling to keep their cupboards stocked can pick up emergency food parcels.
Since opening in September last year the charity has helped to feed 900 people. It ultimately aims to run 10 centres across Knowsley that will put its vital support within one mile of the majority of Knowsley residents.
Knowsley MP George Howarth will be joining volunteers at Asda in Huyton on Saturday (May 19) to help the new centre get off the ground by collecting donated food.
“But it also shows how important this service is and that we need to make it accessible to as many people as possible across the whole of Knowsley.”
Steve Heverin, Operational Director of Investment at KHT, said: “This new centre will help to meet the growing demand that is out there.
“No-one should go without food so they can pay the bills. We will continue to support the charity to make sure our tenants, and all Knowsley residents, have somewhere to turn when they need help to feed their families.”
A new team of 15 volunteers from the Apostolic Church will help run the Huyton centre.
Donated food is packed into parcels and given to families who have hit an unexpected crisis, such as those who have been made redundant, are in poor health or people experiencing benefit delays or debt problems.
Food parcels can be exchanged for a voucher that is issued by care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, and social workers.
Barry added: “We couldn’t continue to provide this lifeline without the support of our many local partners like KHT and the Knowsley community. Everyone can play their part.”
Vouchers can be taken to Centre 63 in Kirkby on a Tuesday, St Mark's in Kirkby on a Thursday or the Apostolic Church in Huyton on a Monday, from 11am to 2pm, and exchanged for three days of free food.
For further information about Knowsley Foodbank call 0151 546 0470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foodbank volunteers Jemma Bamfield, Lolita Mutema, Jimmy Swift and Chris Parry at the new centre.
Top photo:-Barry Cooper (L) sorting donated food with KHT Chief Executive Bob Taylor.