Here is an introduction to our project.
West Cheshire foodbank is a project founded in 2012 by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in our local area. In the 12 months to 31 March 2019 we gave out 9,651 three day emergency food parcels to local people in crisis, of which 3,553 were for children. West Cheshire Foodbank reaches out to people experiencing crisis and food poverty caused by unjust social and economic policies.
However, we are a campaigning, as well as a helping, organisation. We are part of a movement of people committed to a flourishing society, where the scandal of hunger alongside affluence is ended.
Our strategy is therefore to press for policy change rather than to perpetuate the need for foodbanks. We were fortunate in receiving a Big Lottery grant in 2018 to enable us to pilot a transition of our existing centres into ‘Meeting Places’ where, in addition to receiving emergency food supplies, our visitors can receive advice from such agencies as Citizens’ Advice in an effort to get to the underlying reasons for the need to turn to a foodbank for help and avoid the need to return.
In May 2019 the Charity Trustees produced a Values, vision, strategy and development plan which outlines how we aim to achieve this transition across our centres. You can read this by clicking below
In the current (2020) Covid pandemic, our operations have had to be reconfigured and we are responding to changed societal conditions on a day-to-day basis.