If the cost of living crisis is making it difficult for you to afford to buy food, the following 10 top food banks in the North West can help.
The Manchester Central Food Bank in Manchester was started in 2013 by students from the Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy who sought to become more involved in fighting hunger in their community. This foodbank is open three days a week to distribute non-perishable food items designed to last up to three days to recipients who have received a food voucher from a referring agency. Any special dietary will be assessed during your first visit.
In 2006, the Church of God of Prophecy recognized that there was a great need for help with food insecurity in the Manchester community. Members of the congregation formed the Compassion Food Bank. This faith-based organisation provides a shopping-style food pantry as well as two monthly free meals that are open to the public. By working with FareShare of Greater Manchester, they can reach more people affected by hunger.
When Neil Reid founded Blackpool Food Bank in 2012, he had higher ambitions than just feeding the hungry in his area. Rather than focusing on direct distribution, this food bank instead concentrates its efforts on gathering food from a variety of sources and providing them to smaller food banks and soup kitchens in the Blackpool area. They warehouse food that has been reclaimed or donated, as well as purchasing in bulk for further distribution to other programs.
If you are looking for a hot meal in Blackpool, then Amazing Graze, a soup kitchen founded by Mark Butcher more than a decade ago, is the place for you. Originally set up as a place for the homeless to enjoy a freshly prepared meal and share some community, recent economic decline has resulted in a greater dependence from those who are housed and employed. Everyone who arrives is afforded a meal and a box of non-perishable donations to take home if desired.
South Liverpool Food Bank was formed in 2008 by a group of churches and residents in Liverpool who sought to make a difference in their community by tackling food poverty. Recipients who have been referred by an agency can make an appointment to visit the food bank and exchange their voucher for a three-day supply of tinned foods and dry goods. Volunteers will package food in plastic carrier bags. They’ll even give you a warm cuppa and a biscuit while you wait.
If you have fallen victim to food poverty in Liverpool, the Knowsley Food Bank is there to help you. Founded in 2011 as part of The Trussell Trust, this food bank helps thousands keep food on their tables every year. In a time of increasing need and decreasing funds, they continue to work hard at reclaiming food waste, securing donations, and purchasing bulk quantities to pass on as pre-packed carrier bags of food destined for the cabinets of those in need.
Founded by Birchwood Community Church in 2012, the Warrington Food Bank has continued to embrace the needs of Warrington residents by providing for their nutritional needs. Roughly 20 percent of the UK population live below poverty lines and are dependent on food banks to supplement their home food supply. The volunteers at this charity organisation will guide them through sign-up and distribution of carrier bags filled with the foods they require.
Mark and Helen Davies established Friends of Meadowside in 2018 to combat hunger in their community. This non-profit charity not only provides hot meals to those who arrive at their soup kitchen seeking nutrition, but they also send recipients away with a box or bag of supplemental non-perishable food to help with meals during times when their free kitchen isn’t open. Deliveries are sometimes available for those who are homebound.
If you find yourself short of food, you can turn to the Carlisle Food Bank for assistance. Local solicitor Rachael Mary Rodway founded the charity in 2012 with help from friends at the Church of Scotland. Recipients can bring their food vouchers to the charity and exchange them for a three-day supply of groceries that includes tinned and dry packaged foods. Volunteers work with each person to tailor the food choices to their needs and preferences as much as possible.
The St. James Food Bank is an outreach created by St. James Church in Carlisle. The program was developed by members of the church to tackle food poverty in their community. They are open six days each week to distribute emergency supplies of food that include tinned meats, vegetables, and fruit, along with dry goods and juices meant to sustain families who need the supplemental items to stretch their existing food budget further.