Foodbank Set to Open in Prescot

By on Thursday, April 25, 2013


A group of churches in Prescot have joined forces with the Trussell Trust to set up a new foodbank that will help people struggling to make ends meet.

The Prescot Foodbank will be based at the Salvation Army, on Warrington Road (corner of Ash Grove), and staffed by volunteers from across Prescot and Whiston. Care professionals such as GPs, health visitors, clergy and social workers will refer individuals and families to the foodbank with a voucher, which they can exchange for three days’ worth of emergency food.

While picking up supplies, clients can get a free cuppa or hot meal and talk to volunteers about what other help is available. The scheme, which already has other locations across the Knowsley borough, will be a lifesaver to many in the current recession. Like other centres in the area, it will likely be open at set times for one day a week, although emergency help is always available.

Coordinators hope the Prescot Foodbank will lead to a second operation based in Whiston.

Prescot Online will let readers know when the foodbank is open and how people in need can use it.

In the meantime, there are ways you can get involved with the new Prescot Foodbank:

  • Donate non-perishable goods, such as canned foods, cereal, rice and pasta
  • Volunteer as a foodbank staff member
  • Raise funds

Voluntary jobs include serving meals and hot drinks. sorting, storing and packing donated food, and welcoming clients and talking to them about their needs.

To find out more, phone Knowsley Foodbank on 0151 546 0470, visit the official Knowsley Foodbank website, or ask at your local church (Prescot and Whiston).

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