Welcome to Feeding Liverpool

 

Feeding Liverpool was set up in 2015 as a local pilot of Feeding Britain, which was established following the All Parliamentary Group on Hunger Inquiry.  The report, Feeding Britain: A Strategy for Zero Hunger in England, Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland (December 2014) examined relevant issues and made recommendations that clearly resonated with the observed position in Liverpool.  As so many churches were involved in food banks and other food projects, a project under Churches Together in the Merseyside Region seemed a fitting vehicle to take this work forward in the city.

To find out about the launch of feeding Liverpool, which took place on Friday 20th May 2016, Please Click Here 

 

A quote from the foreword to the All Parliamentary Report provides an over-arching framing statement:

‘to call all people again to consider how we want to live together as members of society . . .  to consider how we can once again put back the glue that did exist and was vital (literally vital) to our way of life.’

Feeding Liverpool works with people of all faiths and none.  It does not itself deliver emergency food aid, though many of its partners do. 

 

The Feeding Britain report was published on 8th December 2014, and you can read it by clicking here.

Feeding Liverpool works with people of all faiths and none.  It does not itself deliver emergency food aid, though many of its partners do. 

The City Council’s Food Insecurity Strategy Group has asked Feeding Liverpool to take a lead in learning from people experience and stories to provide what Bishop Paul Bayes has called ‘a line of sight to the street and back’.

 

The aims of feeding Liverpool are to:

·         Create an arena for practitioners to share good practice about emergency food provision and routes out of food poverty.  We already work with several food banks, CABs and organisations such as Liverpool Food People.

·        Draw on experience on the ground to derive messages that can contribute to the policy debate locally and nationally.

·        Use a variety of means, including social media, to raise awareness and develop greater public understanding of food policy and related issues.

Our activities include:

·        General meetings with partners to share information and good practice.

·        Half day conferences with a wider range of participants, including Church Leaders, Members of Parliament, local elected members, public sector officers and voluntary organizations.

·        Capturing stories and creating and disseminating written and audio-visual materials to promote our aims.

 

Our most recent event was a conference on the Impact of Welfare Reform on Women and the Health.  There were two outside speakers, one a researcher who has recently published a book on the everyday realities of welfare reform and one a local authority public health professional. But it was also a highly participative meeting with a lot of contributions from attendees.  As a result, we were not only able to post the speakers’ presentations on the Feeding Liverpool website, but also a briefing note drawing upon the entire discussion.

 

Our intended outcomes are:

 

1.    Sustaining and developing the network we have already created amongst those in the city concerned with food poverty.

2.    Improving practice in emergency food aid and promoting debate about further steps that can be taken to take people out of food poverty and increase the availability of good affordable food.

3.    Assisting policy makers reach a better understanding of the ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’ measures required to avoid the need for emergency food aid. Strategy improvement in the City Council and elsewhere can only come through hearing the voices of those at the sharp end.

4.    Achieving greater publicity for public awareness of the issues around food insecurity.  

 

We also see Feeding Liverpool as an important example of the Churches being rooted in the reality of local life and seeking to understand the challenges faced by some of the city’s most vulnerable citizens.  It also serves to demonstrate to the many volunteers from church congregations that their efforts are valued and consistent with their discipleship and it can inform the Church Leaders in their different roles, especially when they have opportunities to speak into the public square.