Knowsley Foodbank is based at the Business Resources Centre (BRC) in Kirkby and has 10 distribution centres across the Borough. Distribution centres are staffed by well trained, enthusiastic volunteers.
Food is donated from a variety of sources including churches, schools and individuals and stored in our warehouse at the BRC. We estimate that we will need up to 60-70 tonnes of food for the financial year April 2016 to April 2017. We hold a stock of around 8 tonnes of food at any time and the turn around of food is rapid and extremely well organised. We have a warehouse worker who is assisted by several volunteers. At the end of April 2016, between the Knowsley Foodbank and the Emergency Support Scheme (see below) we fed over 8000 people! and the number continues to grow.
Knowsley people who are in crisis can apply for a Foodbank voucher from many frontline services such as schools, Citizens Advice, welfare advice centres and health care professionals. They present the voucher to a distribution centre and are given 3 day’s worth of food for themselves and their family. Whenever possible, subject to availability, we also offer fresh fruit and vegetables and toiletries. Whilst they are at the distribution centre clients are offered refreshments and a chance to talk with one of the volunteers. Often clients are signposted to another agency who may be able to help them to ensure the crisis is resolved. For a full list of our distribution centres see the contact us page.
Hopefully, the fresh fruit and veg will continue but the vegetables will change slightly and we will include 6 free range eggs.
We also work in partnership with Knowsley Council supporting their Emergency Support Scheme. People in crisis who qualify for the scheme are offered 3 days of food for themselves and their family and this will be delivered by our driver to council buildings throughout the Borough. To contact the Emergency Support Scheme and to see if you qualify for help with electric and gas as well as food, phone 0800 408 2014 or 0151 443 3200.
Further information can be found at http://knowsley.foodbank.org.uk/
You can also see and download or Foodbank app here