Knowsley Foodbank exists to provide emergency food parcels to people in Knowsley who were experiencing food crisis. It is part of the national Trussell Trust network of foodbanks that supports over 420 foodbanks across Britain.
All the food in the foodbank is donated, except for fresh bread, vegetables, fruit and eggs which is funded by the Big Help Project. Food is donated from a variety of sources including churches, businesses, schools, and individuals and stored in our warehouse at the BRC. The food is weighed in at the warehouse in Kirkby, and then distributed to the ten centres where clients can redeem their vouchers. On average, we require 60-70 tonnes of food for each financial year, and store around 8 tonnes of food at any time.
Foodbank vouchers are limited to no more than three per household in six months. We have this limit as we believe that a client is best helped by being supported to make actual changes in their situation. For example, we would support a client in finding work, so that their situation improved and they could reach the point of no longer needing the foodbank. However, we understand completely that there are some circumstances that cannot be changed or cannot be changed quickly and we will support a person in genuine need for as long as it takes. We assess each case on its individual merits and would never turn away anyone in genuine need.