Tuesday marked the official opening of our fifth branch of Southport Food Pantry, based at Liverpool Road Methodist Church in Birkdale.
The Pantry was officially opened by Mayor of Sefton Cllr Clare Carragher who commented it was her first visit to a Food Pantry and was “really impressed” by the scale of the project and its obvious sense of kindness and support.
Also in attendance were funders the LFC Foundation and other local leaders.
Already a friendly group of members have started attending the Birkdale Food Pantry each Wednesday morning. A woman in her 50’s with a complex family situation, praises the project saying “The staff are all so helpful and make us feel welcome. If you are in this position do not hesitate to become a Pantry member because its all about making your own choices and looking after yourself better”.
Southport Food Pantry is a weekly food club where members can shop at significantly discounted rates. Prioritising dignity and choice, our aim is to support people who may be ‘just about managing’ or at risk of struggling financially. In addition to savings on food and other essentials, members are offered help with wider issues they might be facing such as with benefits or debt, as well as signposting to other specialist services. There is also a social aspect, as members are given an opportunity to catch up with each other and with volunteers over a hot drink.
In addition to the new Birkdale location, there are pantries in Banks, High Park, Southport Town Centre and Formby.
Anyone interested in joining Southport Food Pantry at any of its locations can contact Compassion Acts on 01704 264505 or visit www.compassionacts.uk/food-pantry/