Sefton Foodbank Network update

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Sefton Foodbank Network update

Sefton Foodbank Network has been working throughout January to ensure it’s operating at an optimum level in the upcoming months. Please see below for an update on Sefton-based foodbanks.

· Currently, there are three local lead agencies; St. Leonard’s Youth & Community Centre (Bootle), St. Luke’s Church of England Church (Crosby) and Lakeside Christian Centre (Southport), with ongoing discussions with a fourth based in Maghull. All three agencies have now been registered with The Trussell Trust and are beginning their training imminently so they’re ready to begin work as soon as the necessary weight of food has been collected.

· Each area needs to amass 3 tonnes of food before distribution can start. At this moment, Asda in Southport have collected over 3/5 tonnes of food. In Bootle, they have collected almost a tonne of non-perishable items.

Sefton CVS and Sefton Council are continuing to appeal to local organisations in voluntary, community and faith (VCF) organisations, public and private sectors to set up collection points in the upcoming months, to generate and store as much stock as possible so they can get started. This can be assisted by encouraging staff and volunteers to bring in non-perishable food items from the list on this page. The Foodbank Network will then be in contact with you to organise collection or where food items can be dropped off.

Sefton Foodbank Network is continuously looking for volunteers to distribute information flyers and collect donations outside stores. If you are able and willing to spend a couple of hours volunteering, please contact Vicky Keeley at the Volunteer Centre Sefton whose contact information can be found below. At this point in time, they are simply collecting food to reach the minimum amount required to commence distribution.

For VCF and volunteering enquires, please contact Vicky Keeley at the Volunteer Centre Sefton 01704 501 024 ext 206 or email [email protected]. For Council departments, private sector and other organisations, please contact Steph Prewett on 0151 934 3485 or email [email protected].

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