COVID-19 emergency food programme

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are running an emergency food programme to protect children and their families from hunger. Hot meals and food packages are being made available, through a combination of home deliveries and collection points in the community, to ensure families on low incomes can put breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the table each day. A donation of just £10 can purchase the equivalent of 30 meals for a family at risk of hunger.

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“We gather together people to support good policies, promote good practice and to publicise issues of food poverty in Liverpool today.”

The mission

Feeding Liverpool aims to bring together people who are concerned about food poverty in Liverpool in order to achieve three key aims:

  • Share good practice about emergency provision.
  • Campaign for change in those policies that cause or reinforce poverty.
  • Raise public awareness about the extent of food poverty and the damaging effects that austerity measures have on welfare provision.

How we work

Feeding Liverpool is an initiative of Churches Together in Merseyside and Region and is co-chaired by Bishop John Rawsthorne and Dr Hilary Russell, the Chair of Together Liverpool. The group is steered by representatives from nine key organisations, with a much wider network of charities, community groups, and religious organisations. Feeding Liverpool has a good working relationship with Liverpool City Council, with two steering group members serving on the Council’s task groups set up to tackle poverty and food insecurity. At least two network wide meetings are held annually with more frequent meetings for steering group members held throughout the year.

What we’ve achieved

Over the past year Feeding Liverpool has hosted two events aimed at individuals who provide food aid and wider support to people in need in the city. The first considered the cumulative impact of recent welfare reforms on women and the health implications of food poverty. The second focused on the transition to Universal Credit, including how the process will be rolled out in Liverpool.

What’s next

In the coming year Feeding Liverpool will be restructuring to enable fuller participation by member organisations. The group will also continue to organise events and gather stories and evidence from those experiencing hunger. Feeding Liverpool is an entirely voluntary group with no paid support staff and are seeking resources to broaden the network and improve capacity to gather and disseminate information about food poverty and current levels of emergency food aid provision across Liverpool.