“Feeding Birkenhead is a coalition of churches, community groups, and other organisations working together to eliminate hunger in Birkenhead.”
Feeding Birkenhead is a coalition of churches, food banks, community groups, and other organisations working together to eliminate hunger in Birkenhead. The central aim of Feeding Birkenhead’s work is to provide decent meals to as many people in need as possible, while also seeking to prevent that need from arising again over the longer term. Feeding Birkenhead campaigns for its local successes to impact national policy reform as quickly as possible so that all families in need are helped.
How we work
Established by Frank Field MP in 2014, the coalition now has a core group of 16 organisations, with active participation from the local authority. The pilot’s activities are coordinated by Andrew Forsey in Frank Field MP’s office.
Feeding Birkenhead adopts a dynamic approach to tackling hunger in the local community. Quarterly meetings are held for all members of the group. Each member has an opportunity to report back on the causes and extent of hunger they are witnessing on the ground. An action plan is then put together in response to these local priorities.
What we’ve achieved
Key activities implemented by Feeding Birkenhead include:
- Food Bank plus
- Fuel Bank
- School Holiday meals and activities
- Breakfast clubs
- Automatic registration for free school meals
- Early opportunity on council tax debt
- Reformed welfare contract
Over the coming years Feeding Birkenhead will focus on extending the life and reach of their food bank plus and fuel bank projects, ensuring that their school holiday meals and activities programme continues to be available to all children in the most deprived parts of Birkenhead, and sustaining regular supplies of food for school breakfast clubs.
Two new projects will launch in 2018:
Citizens’ supermarket: A sub-group of Feeding Birkenhead is developing a model for a nonprofit Citizen’s Supermarket, which is set to launch in 2018. The non-profit food shop will utilise good quality surplus food supplies to enable individuals and families on low incomes to purchase food at heavily reduced prices.
Hot food for the homeless: In partnership with Wirral Council, Wirral Ways of Recovery, and YMCA Homeless, vouchers will be distributed to the homeless by a variety of professionals, entitling them to a hot meal at Nightingale’s café.
In addition, Feeding Birkenhead will attempt to build a safety net that counters poverty in all forms, through projects such as the Pink Box campaign which ensures sanitary products can be accessed by young women from families on low incomes.
Related Materials & Resources
For more information about the pilot and ways to get involved please contact Andrew Forsey at firstname.lastname@example.org