Foodbank launched to help most needy

Foodbank supporter Rev Bill Forster.
Foodbank supporter Rev Bill Forster.

A FOODBANK has been set up in St Helens in a bid to prevent struggling residents from missing meals.

Churches across the borough have joined forces to start providing emergency three-day food hampers for people who are identified as being in need of food.

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.

John McMenemy, of the St Helens Baptist Church, has volunteered to be the St Helens foodbank’s warehouse manager and has been working closely with Andy Cave, of Helena Partnerships, to secure a place to store the food.

“We are so pleased that Helena Partnerships have donated us use of a building,” said John. “We are able to start collecting food straight away.”

Other supporters include Rev Bill Forster of Christ Church in Eccleston.

Rev Forster said: “It must be clear to us all from both national and local media that many individuals and families are under great financial pressure and that this pressure often results in the inability of people to feed themselves or their families properly.

“The St Helens foodbank is in its early days and needs the support of local churches if it is to be the blessing it has the potential to be to the less fortunate in our area.”

Coun Sue Murphy agreed: “This foodbank is vital for the people of St Helens at the moment.

“Many are facing hard times and we have got to be there to help and support these families.”

To donate non-perishable, in-date food - or to volunteer - call Angela or Beryl at the Hope Centre on 01744 26414 or e-mail: