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Foodbanks and Food Pantries

As the cost of living rises, people are juggling how the household income is best spent and may be making difficult decisions to choose how money is spent.

Food Pantries are also a great resource, not only for people to access nutritious low cost food but to also help reduce food wastage.

Accessing healthy affordable food

The Foundation partners with local organisations to deliver the ‘Your Local Pantry’ model, to increase access to local food pantries across Liverpool and St Helens.

For only £3.50 - £5 per week (location dependent), members get access to food including fresh fruit and vegetables and store cupboard favourites, which could often provide goods valued between £15-20 or more!

The Foundation and Torus may also be able to help provide a Foodbank voucher. If you're a Torus customer and think you need this support please don't hesitate to contact the team below.

You can also make use of some budget friendly recipes provided from the Foundation's Health and Wellbeing team:

Budget friendly recipes

Mobile food pantry, outside of FireFit Youth and Community Hub, L8 8HD. Pay £5 for 10 items.

Thursday 10.30am for approx one hour 

St Aidan’s @ The Place To Be, 10 Eastern Avenue, Speke, L24 2TA

Tuesday 10am - 1pm

St Gabriel’s, Yates Street, L8 6RD

Thursday 12pm - 2pm

Christ Church, Linnet Lane, L17 3BE

Tuesday 1pm - 3pm

St Mary Grassendale, St Mary's Road, Cressington Park, L19 0NE

Wednesday 12pm - 2pm

St Anne’s Church Overbury Street Liverpool L7 3HJ

Tuesday 10am - 11.30am

Vauxhall Neighbourhood Council Silvester St Liverpool L5 8UX

Friday 10am - 12 noon

Heyworth Street Everton Liverpool L5 3QG

Friday 9am-1pm

Holy Trinity Church (Breck Road Entrance) 3 Richmond Park Anfield, Liverpool L6 5AA

Monday 10am - 12pm

Adshead Road Entrance, Clubmoor, Liverpool, L13 0AL

Wednesday 9am - 5pm

Community Centre Car Park, West Derby Millennium Centre, Meadow Lane, Liverpool, L12 5EA

Friday 10am-1pm

The Friary Centre, Bute Street, Liverpool, L5 3LA

Friday 10am – 1pm

ASK Community Shop, 300 Kensington, Liverpool, L7 2RN

Wednesday 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Kensington Fields Community Association, Low Hill, Kensington, Liverpool, L7 8TQ

Tuesday 12.30pm - 3.30pm

The Blue Base, Salop Street, L4 4BZ

Thursday 10am – 12noon

Click onto the Feeding Liverpool site for more details about the Queen of Greens bus, which brings affordable fresh fruit and vegetables to communities across Liverpool and Knowsley.

St Helens Mobile Pantry
has recently been launched and will be visiting a couple of places across St Helens. The Pantry is open to anyone it isn't benefit related. Customers sign up pay £5 each week and have access to £15-£20 worth of food:

The Wargrave Hub every Monday 10.30am - 12.30pm.
143 Alder St, Newton-le-Willows WA12 8HR
(The Wargrave Board have subsidised this particular pantry by £1 reducing the cost from £5 to £4.)

Sutton Family Centre every Tuesday 10.30am - 12.30pm
Ellamsbridge Rd, St Helens WA9 3PX

Park Farm Community Centre every Thursday 10.30am - 12.30pm
54 Kentmere Avenue Carr Mill, St Helens WA11 7PG

Other food pantries available:

St Michael and All Angels Church, Gartons Lane, Clock Face, St Helens, WA9 4RB
Sunday 1.30pm - 3.30pm

St. Matthew's Centre, St. Matthew's Grove, St Helens, WA10 3SE
Wednesday 9am -11.30am
Monday 6.30pm - 8pm

St. Luke’s Community Centre, Knowsley Road, Ecceleston, WA10 4PU
Wednesday 3.30pm - 5.30pm

St. Marks Centre, Park Street, Haydock, WA11 0BH
Thursday 8.50am - 11.00am

Wesley Methodist Church, Vincent Street, St Helens, WA10 1LF
Tuesday 11am - 1pm

Head to The Bread and Butter Thing who currently has three food pantries located across Warrington - Members — Bread and Butter Thing £7l50 per week but leave with a good amount of items to take home!

Healthy Start Vouchers

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk.

You need to apply through the Government link below and if you pass all the criteria needed, they will send you a Healthy Start Card with money on it that you can use in some shops. They will also add your benefit onto this card every four weeks.

The card can be used to buy:

  • Plain liquid cow’s milk
  • Fresh, frozen
  • plain liquid cow’s milk
  • fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables
  • fresh, dried, and tinned pulses
  • infant formula milk based on cow’s milk

You can also use your card to collect:

  • Healthy Start vitamins – these support you during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • vitamin drops for babies and young children – these are suitable from birth to 4 years old

Find out more

Free School Meals

Your child may be entitled to free school meals. Full details can be found on the Government’s website, where you can check and then find out how to apply through your local authority.

Find out more

Money and Benefits

Check out other other support designed to help you make your money go further and help you to access benefits to which you’re entitled to. The page also includes benefit calculators, debt advice, grant information and more.

Money and benefits support page   

Check our some tips to save money and ways to prepare before you head food shopping  

Savvy Shopping tips to save money.pdf

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