Our Micah Liverpool food bank workers are toiling tirelessly to make sure that people in our local community don’t go hungry during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The pandemic has put increased pressure on the already busy food bank, which gives out around 230 to 250 parcels of essentials each week. Many of the volunteers are over 70 and so have to stay at home. While extra measures have been put in places to reduce the spread of the virus. Executive Director of Micah Liverpool Paul O’Brien said,
“It saddens me that we are unable to greet our guest with a handshake and a big smile but safety is paramount at the moment. Not only have we changed how the parcels are collected, but we have also had to change our donation points as church doors have closed in line with Government instructions. We’ve implanted a strict hygiene regime to reduce the risk to our staff, volunteers and people receiving the parcels.
“We know that these parcels are for many a lifeline and we want to keep on going as long as we can. Our city has been brilliant and donations are still coming in but we need that to continue. There are three items which we are struggling to get hold of – breakfast cereals, tinned tomatoes and UHT milk. The most worrying one is UHT milk, as we see many pregnant women and toddlers.”
Last week numbers visiting the foodbank were down which Paul believes was down to people being too afraid to come out. He says that as the situation evolves demand on our food bank will increase, especially if people find themselves jobless or without any income.
How can you help?
Carry on donating items
Our donation points have changed as we’ve followed Government instructions so you can’t go inside Liverpool Cathedral or Liverpool Parish Church.
- At Liverpool Cathedral please drop off your items at our Constables Lodge
- At Liverpool Parish Church, there’s an outside donation box
If you’re donating items you need to follow the Government guidelines regarding nonessential travel, so, for example, dropping off as part of your shopping trip or daily exercise.
• If you’re are unable to donate physically, you can support Micah Liverpool financially through this Just Giving link.