Last month, Feeding Liverpool received charitable status, successfully forming as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
This step to formalise the Feeding Liverpool network as the city’s Good Food Alliance is part of the first stage of Liverpool’s Good Food Plan, which identified the need to increase connections between people and organisations across the city.
Feeding Liverpool was first established in 2015 through Churches Together in the Merseyside Region and has been led by an ecumenical group working with people of all faiths and none. It formed as part of a local pilot of Feeding Britain, an independent charity which was established following the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom in 2014. Their report Feeding Britain: A Strategy for Zero Hunger in England, Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland resonated with the situation on the ground in Liverpool.
Over the last six years the work of Feeding Liverpool has centred on bringing together those concerned with hunger and food insecurity in Liverpool.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Liverpool has seen several new innovative cross-sector partnerships formed as communities pulled together to ensure everyone in the city was cared for, demonstrating the value in having an increasingly collaborative joined up approach.
The formalising of Feeding Liverpool seeks to build on this momentum, bringing people and organisations together to ensure everyone has the information, resources and ability to play their part in achieving good food for all and to co-design future stages of the Good Food Plan.
Over the next few months Feeding Liverpool will seek to recruit staff members and new trustees to support this work.
We are grateful to Together Liverpool for their generous partnership over the last two and a half years which has supported the network to grow and develop through dedicated staff time and resources, and to Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services for their support in achieving charitable status.