“We gather together people to support good policies, promote good practice and to publicise issues of food poverty in Liverpool today.”
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.
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.
Listening to our City Report
Feeding Liverpool have written the Listening to our City Report after spending time listening to and learning from 48 residents who have experience of food insecurity in Liverpool. You can download the report below.
Levels of local food insecurity
According to the University of Sheffield’s research into local food insecurity of adults (Jan 2021), in Liverpool:
- 5.21% of adults suffered from hunger
- 12.78% struggled to access food
- 14.35% worried about not having enough food
About this research:
The University of Sheffield have published statistics of UK adult food insecurity at Local Authority scale. You can view the map of measures of food insecurity here.
Hungry is defined as having skipped food for a whole day or more in the previous month or indicated they were hungry but not eaten because they could not afford or get access to food.
Struggle is defined as a positive response to at least one of the following:
- Sought help accessing food
- Skipped or shrank meal
- Gave a reason for not having enough food
Worry is defined as choosing very worried or fairly worried about getting food.