As the Coronavirus pandemic unfolds in the UK, our main priority is ensuring the safety of everyone who comes to our Foodbank – whether it’s someone needing help, someone volunteering their time, or someone making a donation.
No one in our community should go hungry. That’s why we provide nutritionally balanced food and support to local people who are referred to us. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Covid19 is impacting Southport Foodbank
1. We are sadly seeing increased demand across the Southport area and only expect this to get higher.
2. We are seeing a reduction in donations as peoples shopping habits are changing.
3. A number of our regular volunteers are from at risk groups so unable to work currently.
We need your urgent help to fund the purchase the food that is required to fill this gap.
How you can help
If you can donate food then please donate at one of these locations - https://southport.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/
If you cannot get to these locations then please give to this Crowdfunder project that will allow us meet the needs of local people in crisis.
Thanks so much for all your support at this time of need.
More about Southport Foodbank
Compassion Acts is a charity supporting people in need through Southport Foodbank, debt & welfare advice, Food Pantry and other wrap-around services. We’re not only helping people through their worst times, but we’re enabling them to get back on the road to independence.
Southport Foodbank began in 2013. We help those in crisis through the provision of emergency food supplied by the public, churches, supermarkets and businesses. Frontline care professionals, such as health visitors and social workers, refer people to Foodbank. As well as receiving nutritionally balanced three day food bags, people are welcomed with a cup of tea, listened to and signposted to agencies that are able to help resolve the underlying causes of their crisis.
Foodbank is for people in crisis and is limited, but once the crisis passes there is still a need. That’s why we’ve set up Food Pantry, where members can pay £5 per week to access shopping to the value of around £20, which they can choose themselves, and enjoy a sociable experience so they don’t feel isolated.
Val was left desperate when she had to wait for benefits and was directed to Foodbank and after that Food Pantry. “I was full of panic and anxiety, wondering how I was going to cope if I ended up on the street…The volunteers at Food Pantry were lovely. It gave me back my confidence and self esteem. Without going there and meeting people who knows what could have been?”
We operate two debt advice services. One is Christians Against Poverty and the other is Community Money Advice. Our debt team has around 70 clients with varying amounts of debt burden, providing relief and support during this stressful time. Our welfare benefits team has helped and supported clients to secure more than £1 million of benefits to which they are entitled, which represents a significant contribution to the local economy.
“I cried so much with relief 2nite. Not only the backdated money but the apology. If it wasn’t for your support and the lady there who gave me a hug I wld be dead as I was rock bottom.”