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How you can help us feed our most vulnerable people

by Gemma Melling

The Coronavirus crisis has prompted many generous offers of support from our big-hearted Knowsley residents, including offers of food and cash, so the council has teamed up with The Big Help Project’s Knowsley Foodbank to make sure your help gets to where it’s needed most.

The Big Help Project – Knowsley Foodbank is working in partnership with Knowsley Council to coordinate the delivery of food parcels to hundreds of local families suffering hardship as a result of the Coronavirus epidemic.

So if individuals would like to donate items of food or household supplies – or would like to make a cash donation so that the charity can buy supplies, here’s how you can do it:

Cash donations

You can donate money directly to The Big Help by visiting their fundraising page.

Donations of food and household supplies

These are just some of the items The Big Help Project – Knowsley Foodbank need: Juice/ squash, Custard, Sugar, Tea/ coffee/ hot chocolate, Biscuits,  Soup (can/ packet), Rice pudding, Milk UHT/ powder, Beans/ spaghetti, Tomatoes/ pasta sauce, Pasta/ rice, Vegetables, Potatoes, Cereal, Chocolate/ snacks, Desserts/ puddings, Jam, Toilet paper.

You can take your food donations to the Food Bank at the following drop off points. (To avoid any unnecessary journeys or social contact, we would advise you to incorporate a drop off when doing your essential shopping or to the location nearest your home)

  • Tesco, Cables Way Retail Park, Steley Way, Prescot, L34 5NQ
  • Asda, Huyton La, Huyton, L36 7TX
  • Alpha Taxis, 8 St Chads Parade, Kirkby, L32 8RH
  • Co-op, Long Moor La, Fazakerley, L9 9HS
  • The Big Help Project – Front Office, Link Rd, Huyton, L36 6AP

Please note: there is a separate appeal for the business community who are asked to call Knowsley Chamber/Invest Knowsley on 0151 477 1356 or email business@knowsley.gov.uk with their offers of support.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “Despite the challenges everyone is facing at the moment, we are amazed that we are receiving so many generous offers of support from the community. Our Community Support and Volunteer line is already galvanising much of this support, but we have teamed up with The Big Help Project to make sure we respond to those who want to donate food and money directly to help those in need. This partnership will enable everyone to do their bit.

“We also want to hear from other community groups and organisations who may be doing vital work in their local communities to ensure they receive the support they need. Just call us on our dedicated Community Support and Volunteer Line if you need our help. This is a real testament to the spirit of our Knowsley Better Together approach and really proves that, working together, we can actually change or even save lives.”

The council has already received hundreds of calls to its Community Support and Volunteer Line which helps Knowsley residents who need additional support during the outbreak and also coordinates offers of help for those who are wanting to volunteer their time or services to help those in need in their local community. Those needing support can call freephone 0800 073 0043 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm at weekends.