Steve Joins Foodbank(February 25, 2012)
Steve Rotheram MP, joined Luciana Berger MP for the opening of the Liverpool food bank.
Steve explained, "Food is donated by schools, churches, businesses and individuals who donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank.
"‘Supermarket Collections’ are one of the main ways that food is donated. These are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis.
"Quite often we are sceptical about donating money to a charity because we don't know what the powers that be will do with the money. This way, you are in total control of spending your money on something youreally want to donate.
"Once you have donated the item, volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need.
"Afterwards, care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.
"Then foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.
"In Liverpool our foodbank also runs a rural delivery service, which takes emergency foodboxes to clients living in rural areas who cannot afford to get to a foodbank.
"In this difficult times, there are hundres of famalies and vulnerable people in Walton struggling to just get by. Foodbanks offer them a lifeline. If ou read this and have the chance to contribute something, then please visit, http://northliverpool.foodbank.org.uk/ for more information."