It is perhaps a blight on modern society that given how prosperous we are today compared with our predecessors that we need quite so many food banks to feed the poor and the hungry.
For young people in particular, the sense of helplessness and shame has led them not to visit regular food banks due to the stigma that they feel in having to attend a food bank. It is for this reason that one of the charities that we support, Merseyside Youth Association, through the Talent Match programme has opened the country’s first food bank specifically dedicated to serving young people.
This new addition to the already successful food bank model operated by the Trussell Trust is already being welcomed by the young people of Merseyside, but is also serving a demand that many people would prefer that we did not have to satisfy in 2015.
The food bank was the subject of a recent Guardian article which can be accessed by clicking here. The article provides a greater understanding of how the food bank operates and the sort of response that the article has had with the wider population can be found by clicking here.
If you want to donate to the food bank, you can do so by leaving donations at the reception of Merseyside Youth Association Ltd, The Door, 65-67 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DY. Currently the food bank is looking to welcome donations of toiletries (i.e. toothpaste, shower gel, deodorant etc. ) dry goods such as pasta, rice and tinned products and perhaps more importantly they have made a specific request for pasta sauce!