In 2015-16, 60,000 people in Merseyside accessed a food bank after falling into food crisis; this included up to 25,000 children. . This doesn’t include the thousands who accessed no Trussell Trust food banks, borrowed money to buy food or simply went silently hungry. Nor does it include the families saved from food crisis by the provision of Free School Meals. Although it is difficult to obtain an accurate figure, it is estimated that the number of people facing hunger was around double that reported by Trussell Trust foodbanks.
Despite delivering negative health impacts, food banks have been a lifeline to millions of people across the UK – particularly when relied on for long periods of time. Non-perishable, processed food parcels provide low nutritional value, presenting health risks to those in crisis with nowhere else to turn.
The Summer Holidays are a particularly difficult time for low income families, with Trussell Trust food bank access increasing by a 5th. Parents face the difficulty of putting extra meals on the table – without the extra cash to go with it, this often results in children going hungry, and/or parents reducing the quality of food purchased to make their food budget stretch across the week. Play scheme operators report hungry, tired children who complain of stomach cramps. Children who would previously run to their favourite toys and games are now asking what there is to eat as soon a they walk through the door.
Share Your Lunch offers a new approach to providing food aid, one centred around social justice – ensuring that hungry people are able to access fresh, tasty food that meets their nutritional needs. With help from our partners and the people of Merseyside, we will provide thousands of free fresh meals to hungry people across Merseyside starting with children accessing free play schemes across the Liverpool City Region.
How can you help?
Visit one of our restaurant partners – a contribution to the Share Your Lunch campaign is donated for meals purchased at:
The Elephant, Woolton Village
The Old Blind School, Hardman Street
Join in the Starbucks Speke Eurogarages quiz night – every Wednesday night, all proceeds are donated to the campaign.
Host your own Share your Lunch event – workplace lunch, bbq, picnic, coffee morning – contact the team for support – 0151 728 3109.
Text ‘share’ to 82055 where you will be sent a link to our online donation page.
For more details about the campaign, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the Can Cook Team on 0151 728 3109.
Thanks to our partners..
Starbucks Speke Eurogarages
And our ambassador, Simon Rimmer.