Knowsley Council has been allocated £1.9m as part of the Government’s Household Support Fund.
The aim of the fund is to support vulnerable households with essential costs, such as for food and heating, over the winter period.
A total of £343,000 has been allocated to 16 organisations and community groups across the Borough who are working closely with households and can identify those who need help with food and further support. Four of these organisations and community groups are outlined below, including the support they are providing to residents.
Knowsley Foodbank has been allocated funds to support residents, particularly over the festive period and into the New year. This will be for Knowsley Foodbank to:-
- Ensure the Foodbank is adequately stocked with a range of items to distribute to residents across the Borough.
- Restock items throughout December, January and February.
- Provide toiletries to households, as well as food items.
- Provide ‘extra’ boxes to households containing fresh food items.
Torrington Drive Community Association
Funding has been allocated to Torrington Drive Community Association to continue with their box distribution project to individuals and families and the funding will provide food and cleaning products.
In addition, the group are working with local schools to distribute warm coats and focus on supporting older residents to stay warm.
Liverpool Football Club (LFC) Foundation
LFC Foundation will provide 150 food parcels, supporting around 600 people, with food products.
Incredible Edible will provide vouchers to eligible residents to be used on the community food shop, which provides essentials including food, toiletries and cleaning products.
Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “We know that many of our residents are struggling to get back on their feet after the pandemic and with Christmas also looming, it can be a daunting time.
“We are committed to providing our residents with the right support at the right time and we know that our community groups and organisations across the Borough provide a lifeline to many.
“Ensuring these groups and organisations have sufficient supplies of food and toiletries to support our residents is a priority for us.
“They do an amazing job supporting people in need and I’m delighted that we are able to support them to continue with the great work they do here in Knowsley.”