Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors . . .
The Knowsley Foodbank is one of many foodbanks across the country run under the auspices
of the Trussell trust. Within the borough of Knowsley there are 10 distribution centres allowing access to foodbanks for people across the borough each day of the week except Sunday.
Prescot and Whiston Distribution Centre
The Prescot and Whiston Distribution Centre of the Knowsley Foodbank is run by members of churches in Prescot and Whiston, including Prescot and Whiston Methodist church.
The Centre is open every Wednesday between 11.30am and 2pm at the Salvation Army centre on Warrington Road, Prescot. We hold a stock of dried and tinned foods, and also some toiletries.
After each session we order further supplies from the central warehouse in Kirkby.
Our order from Kirkby is collected each Wednesday morning, together with a supply of fresh fruit and vegetables , eggs and bread.
Our clients come to us from very varying circumstances, but all are in a crisis situation. They are referred to us by voucher from a variety of organisations, e.g. Citizens Advice Bureau, Social Services, Community nursing, and many more. Some are also referred directly from Knowsley council. All clients need referral either by voucher or from the Council. They receive sufficient food for 3 meals a day for 3 days.
Our clients are welcomed to the Centre, and many choose to spend time over a cup of tea or coffee chatting to one of our volunteers. We can, if appropriate, refer them to the 'Get Connected' team, a team linked to the Foodbank offering debt advice, budgeting advice , help with computer skill, help with job applications etc.
Food is donated to the Foodbank by many individuals and by many organisations. Food can be donated through the churches or directly to us at the Salvation Army on Wednesday mornings. We are also happy to accept donations of money in orders that we can continue to supply fresh food to our clients.
While it is sad to realise just how many people in our area find themselves in difficulties, it is also encouraging to experience the generosity of all those who give to the Foodbank and enable us to continue to supply those in need.