Category: Resources

Sector Update: February 2023

One of the goals of Liverpool’s Good Food Plan is to uncover the true scale of food insecurity. To work towards this goal, Feeding Liverpool have begun collecting information about the scale of food support in Liverpool from organisations providing emergency food support and community food provision. This short update is based on figures supplied by 57 organisations in the city who operate across 93 venues in January 2023.

Key figures:

  • Over 2000 emergency food parcels are distributed every week
  • Over 3800 community food space visits occur every week
  • Over 3400 meals are consumed in a community meal setting every week

Download Sector Update Here

Emergency Food Network Christmas 2022 Briefing

In January 2023, as part of our Emergency Food Network Gatherings, Feeding Liverpool facilitated a session for the network to reflect on the provision of emergency food support in Liverpool across the Christmas period.

This briefing contains a summary of the network’s reflections on the Christmas period in 2022 and proposals to improve provision in 2023, and will be distributed to Liverpool City Council’s Poverty Action Group and the Good Food Plan taskforce to support preparations for Christmas 2023.


Download Briefing Here

Liverpool’s Good Food Plan Impact Report 2022

We want to live in a city where everyone can eat good food.

Liverpool’s Good Food Plan addresses key issues related to the food we eat in Liverpool. This includes food insecurity, access to and take-up of healthy, nutritious food, the impact the food we eat is having on our planet, and the practices by which the food we eat is produced.

This report shares the progress made in 2022 towards the goals of the Good Food Plan. It presents ‘Action Highlights’ under each of the five goals identified by Liverpool’s Good Food Taskforce, alongside updates from residents, organisations and businesses who pledged to work towards the vision of Good Food For All at the Good Food Plan Pledge event in November 2021.


Read Liverpool’s Good Food Plan Impact Report 2022 here


Liverpool Christmas Food Support

Here is a list of useful Liverpool-based Christmas Food Support services and resources for the Christmas and New Year period.


Community Christmas Meals Map

This map shows organisations across Liverpool’s communities providing free Christmas meals, and other free food offerings and activities on or around Christmas day and will be updated regularly.

View our Community Christmas Meals Map here.


Community Food Spaces

Community Food Spaces Map

This interactive resource shows community food spaces in Liverpool city. Before visiting a community food space, please confirm opening days and times with the venue directly.

View our Community Food Spaces Map here.

Your Local Pantry

View Christmas opening/closing times for the following pantries here:

  • Holy Trinity
  • Christ Church
  • Nugent
  • Kensington Fields
  • St Andrews
  • Ykids
  • ASK
  • Blue Base EiTC
  • St Georges
  • VLC
  • Millennium Centre

Please contact other Food Pantries that feature on our Community Food Spaces map directly for Christmas opening hours.



North Liverpool Foodbank Network

View Christmas opening/closing times for the following foodbanks here:

  • Salvation Army
  • Cornerstones
  • St Christopher’s
  • Christ Church W/B
  • Good Shepherd
  • St John’s
  • WECC
  • All Saints
  • St Andrew’s
  • St Paul’s
  • Kensington and Field

You will need to go through the usual support agencies to obtain a voucher or voucher code, these include Citizens Advice Liverpool, your GP, health visitor, or social worker.

If the support agency is closed then staff from St Andrew’s Community Network will be picking up answer phone messages on a rota and will be able to issue e-voucher codes over the phone. Please call 0151 226 3406 and leave your name and contact number for the team.

Details about each foodbank location can be found here.

South Liverpool Foodbank

View Christmas opening/closing times for South Liverpool Foodbanks here.

Details about each foodbank location can be found here.

L6 Centre

L6 Centre closes on 24th December and reopens on 3rd January.
Local councillors, social workers, teachers etc. have the contact number of the L6 Centre staff for emergencies whilst closed.

Micah Liverpool

Micah Liverpool have normal foodbank services up until Christmas.

In between Christmas and New Year they have cancelled one of their sessions on the 27th December but are running their foodbank on 29th December at St Brides Church 10:30am – 12:30pm.

They are back as usual from Tuesday 3rd January.

New Beginnings Improving Lives

They are closing their face to face services in between Christmas and New Year.

However, New Beginnings Improving Lives (NBIL) will still be accepting emergency foodbank referrals between Christmas and New Year for those in immediate urgent need for food. They stress their foodbank is an emergency foodbank for those who have no food or finances to purchase food.

During this period, any self-referrals will be automatically referred to partner agencies for further support.

Phone and emails will be monitored daily: 07521453600 and [email protected]


Winter Holidays Activities and Food Programme

Winter Holiday Activities and Food Programme – During school holidays children and young people aged 5-16 years old, including children with SEND or additional needs, can access free activities and a meal. The Winter HAF programme starts on 23rd December 2022 and there are lots of great activities happening over the school holidays.

Supermarket vouchers will also be distributed. More information here.


Liverpool Zero Waste CIC Surplus Food Open Events

Liverpool Zero Waste CIC collect surplus food to save it from landfill and distribute it to communities. Over Christmas and New Year they will be running a number of open events giving out surplus food from over 50 supermarkets to be collected.

  • Friday 23rd December 11am to 12pm at St Columba URC, Hillfoot Ave, Hunt’s Cross, Liverpool, Hunts Cross, L25 0NR
  • Saturday 24th December 11am to 12pm at St Mary’s Grassendale, St Mary’s Road, Liverpool, L19 0NE
  • Christmas Eve Open Event Saturday 24th December 6pm to 10:30pm at All Souls Church, Mather Avenue, Allerton, Liverpool, L19 4TF. More details here.
  • New Year’s Eve Open Event Saturday 31st December TBC

Please bring big bags – They are expecting large volumes of surplus food that will need saving.

Find Liverpool Zero Waste CIC on Facebook and Twitter.


Agencies and other support

Help in a crisis – Liverpool City Council have provided some sources of support that could help you or someone you know. Liverpool Citizens Support Services will be closed on 26/27 December but open on 28/29/30 December.

Crisis Merseyside and UNISON Merseyside are open 28/29/30 December.

Find your local councillor using this tool.

Visit the LCVS website here for information regarding:

Warm Hubs:

  • South Central Community Transport Warm Hub
  • Liverpool Carers Centre Warm Hub
  • The Life Rooms Warm Hubs (Walton, Bootle & Southport)
  • Warm Welcome Hub at The Brain Charity
  • Warm Banks – The Archdiocese of Liverpool.

Liverpool-based Resources & Services:

  • The Whitechapel Centre – Help for the Homeless
  • Help in a Crisis
  • Cost of Living Crisis
  • Sustainable Warmth Fund
  • Citizens Advice & Liverpool Community Advice
  • The Live Well Directory for Liverpool City Region

General Resources:

  • Priority Services Register for Household Utilities
  • Cost of living support – GOV.UK
  • Get FREE MOBILE DATA from the National Databank
  • Help for Households – GOV.UK
  • Energy Bill Relief Scheme: help for businesses + other non-domestic customers
  • Fighting UK Poverty – Turn2Us
  • Turn2Us Grant Search
  • Turn2Us Benefits Calculator
  • StepChange
  • Lightning Application Portal
  • Cost of Living Support | Social Welfare Training
  • What supermarkets and shops are doing to help with the cost of living – Which? News

And more!

Community Cooking Conversations Event Resources

In October 2022 we held our community food network event Community Cooking Conversations at Kirkdale Community Kitchen. This session brought together Good Food organisations to listen, learn, share and make connections with others, focusing on the theme of Community Cooking.

By community cooking this can mean any project where groups meet to cook meals together or projects involving cooking meals for the community, this could look like cooking classes, community meals, a community kitchen, lunch clubs, or slow cooker projects for example.

The session included a plant-based lunch, networking opportunities, a live cooking demonstration, and practical advice about how to setup and sustain your community cooking project.

Lunch was a delicious vegan sweet potato satay curry cooked and demonstrated by chef Leigh Menzie from Kirkdale Community Kitchen.


We were joined by three speakers, Dr Bryce Evans, Professsor of Modern History at Liverpool Hope University, Dr Hayley Tait, GP, Author, and Cook, and Keenan Humble from Alchemic Kitchen.

Bryce talked about the solidarity model and history of community kitchens.

Hayley told us about her project Vinny’s Kitchen, a plant-based cookery school in Wavertree.

Keenan shared about how to sustain your community cooking projects.

Big thank you to all the speakers and Chef Leigh for his cooking demo and delicious food!


Links to resources

During the event, several resources were mentioned. Here are links we think you may find useful if you are in the process of setting up a community cooking project:

Government website allergen course – Food Standards Agency food allergy online training

LCVS – to set up your charity – Start Up Advice and Support | (

Broken Plate Report (mentioned by Hayley) – The Broken Plate 2022 | Food Foundation

Made in Hackney (support for setting up community kitchens- mentioned by Hayley) – Home | Made In Hackney


There will be more community food network events coming soon.

Food activity monitoring tools

For many organisations ‘monitoring’ is a scary word. We have designed some simple tools which I hope can help take some of this stress away, enabling you to focus on what you do best. Knowing how many people you support, who they are and what your food activities means to those who attend can enable you to communicate clearly with funders about the difference your work is making

Dr Naomi Maynard

Food activity monitoring tools

The food activity monitoring tools are designed to be completed each week by a volunteer or a member of staff immediately after your session. They provide space for you to capture the number of people you have supported and their age groups as well as note any feedback or reflections you or your team have after the session.

We have provided them in two formats: a set of one-page paper versions for each type of food activity, and an excel spreadsheet which encapsulates all four types of food activity.  Use the method that bests suits your organisation.

  1. For emergency food parcels
  2. For community food spaces, including food pantries, food clubs, food unions, social supermarkets, community shops and community markets
  3. For community meals, including food provided alongside activities, and for community cafes
  4. For other food support activities or one-off activities

The following spreadsheet contains a separate tab to record for each type of food activity. Please download and save your own version of this spreadsheet:

Excel spreadsheet

There may be other details about who you support which you’d like to capture (e.g. gender, ethnicity) or about the activities you run, do get in touch with Dr Naomi Maynard ([email protected]) if you need support to adapt this form to include this.

We will be adding further tools to support with storytelling later in 2022.