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Foodbanks and Food Pantries

Many of us may be struggling to manage the rising costs to our household bill, including how much is spent on food and essential items. Food Pantries are a great resource, not only can they help you grab a bargain for healthy food and store cupboard items but they can also help to reduce food waste.

Torus Foundation partners with local organisations to deliver the ‘Your Local Pantry’ model, which gives you more access to local food pantries across Liverpool and St Helens.

For only £3.50 - £5 per week (depending where you live), 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! If you're a Torus customer you can also speak to Torus about getting hold of a foodbank voucher. Speak to Torus to find out more 0800 678 1894. You might also want to try out some of our budget friendly recipes provided from 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 1pm - 3pm

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
  • vitamin drops for babies and young children

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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