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10,000 people use Liverpool foodbank

Figures released today claim more than 10,000 people have used the Central Liverpool Foodbank this year. The service is approaching it's 3rd anniversary.

Around 100,000kg of food has been handed out to more than 15,000 people in the last three years following government welfare reforms that have forced growing numbers of people to rely on emergency food aid.

  • Year 1: 2,126 people used the foodbank
  • Year 2: 4,806
  • Year 3: figures over 10,000

The government denies that the national network of foodbanks is being used as part of our welfare system, but Liverpool Central has experienced growing numbers of referrals direct from JobCentres.

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Church urges pupils to contribute to foodbanks

Children from across the Diocese of Liverpool are being asked to donate their Harvest Festival contributions to their local foodbank. The Church says that it made the suggestion to Church of England schools as increasing numbers of people are struggling to find enough to eat.

"At harvest when we celebrate God's gifts of food to us we need to remember those who struggle to feed themselves and their families. Foodbanks offer a great amount of support to just those families and that's why I am encouraging all schools to make a harvest donation to their local one. As we remember God's generosity to us then let us reflect that to others in our gifts of food."

– Rt Revd Richard Blackburn, The Bishop of Warrington

Pupils make Harvest Festival donations to foodbanks

Children from Farnworth C of E school in Widnes collect donations for Widnes Food Bank after their Harvest Festival Credit: GTV

Children from across the Diocese of Liverpool are donating their Harvest Festival contributions to foodbanks. The church says that it made the suggestion to Church of England schools as increasing numbers of people are falling into food poverty.