Launched on 14th February 2013 by the major city centre faith communities, Hope+ aims to provide an holistic approach for those living in food poverty in the shadow of the City’s two Cathedrals.

Hope+ Thursday Pantry

Due to structural problems at St Bride’s Church, a large area of the church is currently out of bounds. As a result, given the number of guests who use this pantry each week, it is neither comfortable or safe to continue to use the church whilst the restrictions are in place (Estimate six weeks).

Therefore, as from 7th January 2016 our Thursday pantry will operate from St Margaret of Antioch Church, Princes Road, Liverpool, L8 1TG.  The opening times remain the same 12:30-2:30pm

The Tuesday pantry held at St Vincent’s Church continues as now and is unaffected by this forced change of location.

 

People can quickly find themselves mired in poverty for a variety of reasons, ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.

Partner agencies - Social Services, GPs, CAB, Whitechapel Centre, Shelter, and other charities – not only distribute vouchers to people experiencing crisis in the inner city area, but also assist us to provide a network of additional support in areas such as housing, debt and benefit advice, and assistance in finding and preparing for employment.

In addition, our partnership with the British Red Cross and other related agencies has enabled us to provide emergency support to newly arrived victims of civil unrest in Syria, Iraq, and other countries. Often arriving with nothing but the clothes they are wearing, and deeply traumatised, we are able to offer a warm welcome from our volunteers, and practical help with food, clothing, and advice.


Where does Hope+ work:

The Cathedral provides support for the administration of the Food Bank and acts as one of the donation points for food, toiletries and clothes. Our pantries are open at:

  • St Vincent's Church, St James' Street, L1 5JP every Tuesday between 12.30pm and 2.30pm
  • St Margaret of Antioch Church, Princes Road, Liverpool, L8 1TG. The opening times are 12:30-2:30pm. This is a temporary arrangement whilst major building works are carried out at the former pantry site in  St Bride's Church, Percy Street, L8 7LT. Normal operations will hopefully be restored at St Bride's Church during winter months only.

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To us the + in HOPE+ is the really important bit.

Just handing people a bag of food:

  • Can create dependency.
  • Does not solve any problem other than the immediate need.
  • Does not allow us to be advocates for our guests.
  • Is not what God asks of us.
  • Is not why Christ died for us.

Pray:
God of surprises and exuberance, your love continually astounds us! We are humbled by the generosity of the people who support us and allow us to do your work.
We are humbled by the thought that we couldn’t complete the work we do without the generosity of other people, often strangers and we thank you Lord for them.
Amen

John Grundy URC Ordinand


Our current campaign is called ‘Pharaoh’s Dream’

Can you support our summer campaign to fill our new store? Find out more here.


How can you help the Foodbank?

Download a shopping list.

You can make your donation of non-perishable food items, toiletries, and clothes in the collection boxes in Liverpool Cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Quaker Meeting House, and Liverpool Parish Church.


If you would prefer to make a standing order donation please contact foodbank@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk  or ring us on 0151 702 7237.