ST Helens’ Foodbank has been launched.
Churches from across the borough have joined forces with the Trussel Trust to provide emergency three-day food hampers for those in the most need.
Steered by Angela Metcalfe of the Hope Centre, local organisations such as Helena Partnerships, Shoots and the Citizens Advice Bureau are working alongside participating churches and SHINE to make the project a success.
Some churches will be donating food from their harvest services, while others will be placing a box in the church for people to donate each week.
Karl Pearce, manager of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, will also be placing a donation box within the Millennium Centre.
Coun Sue Murphy said: “This Foodbank is vital for the people of St Helens at the moment. Many are facing hard times due to recent government cuts and we have got to be there to help and support these families.”
Rev Bill Forster of Christ Church in Eccleston agreed: “Many individuals and families are under great financial pressure and that this pressure often results in the inability for people to feed themselves or their families properly.
“The St Helens Foodbank needs the support of the local community to be the blessing it has the potential to be in our area.”
To donate non-perishable, in-date food, or to volunteer, contact Beryl or Naomi at the Hope Centre on 01744 26414 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org