Labour Councillors work with community and faith groups in Sefto

Sefton Labour Councillors Steve McGinnity, Veronica Bennett, Dave Robinson and Diane Roberts, with some of the working party members who are setting up a foodbank in Sefton.


Sefton Labour Councillors are working with members of the community and local churches to set up the borough's first foodbank after a sharp rise in reports of people struggling to make ends meet.

The Labour Councillors have brought together members of the community in Sefton to start providing emergency food for residents who are in need.

Manor Ward Labour Councillor Steve McGinnity, together with colleagues including Cllr Tricia Hardy, Cllr Dave Robinson, Cllr Veronica Bennett and Cllr Diane Roberts have been working on the project which they say they hope will help people who are struggling.

Some of the community and faith groups involved in the scheme so far are Rev Tom Rich of Christ Church in Bootle, the Salvation Army, Brenda Dodd of Helping Hand, Sefton CVS, St Leonard's Community Centre and St Luke's in Crosby.

Cllr McGinnity said: "There are lots of people in our community who although they do not appear it, are living in real poverty.

"There are people who do not know where their next meal is coming from.

"As councillors we are hearing about more and more people who need help. These are people who are living right here in our communities here in Crosby, Blundellsands, Bootle, Netherton, Maghull, Aintree, Melling - every community has people who need help.

"With the rising cost of living, as household fuel bills and the price of food rocket, people are really struggling. Next April, changes to the benefits system will really hit some people in the community who rely on their benefits to pay for food.

"My Labour colleagues and I are working to partner with church and community groups to set up a foodbank system so that people get the help they need to feed them and their family."

Cllr McGinnity said anyone can find themselves in need of help.

Cllr McGinnity said: "You never know when you will find yourself in need of support. People can find themselves going hungry because of redundancy or because they faced an unexpected bill.

"Some people find themselves living alone in a large house because of bereavement or because the family have left home, but they struggle to pay the bills.

"Every sector of the many communities in Sefton have people who need help.

"Working in partnership with the churches and the community groups, we want to get the foodbank off the ground in the next few months so that we can help people when winter hits.

"In 2012, we cannot allow people in this borough to go hungry."

Any community or faith groups who have an interest in setting up or becoming involved in food banks should contact Bev Wells at Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 (ext 306) or email bev.wells@seftoncvs.org.uk