The Big Help Project and Knowsley Foodbank-why is there a need?

When Knowsley Foodbank first opened its doors, we did not expect that the need for our services would not only continue, but would grow on such a scale. From 2012-2013 (the first full year of operating) we fed 3,160 people - by April 2017, this figure had grown to 7,885. The reasons for this growth are many and complex-Knowsley has been impacted by national crises such as the financial crash of 2008, regional decline, for example the decline in the docks and Trans-Atlantic trade from the 1970’s onwards. Knowsley has borne the brunt of austerity and the resulting budget cuts, compounding these existing issues and meaning that Knowsley is now one of the top 20 most deprived boroughs in England and Wales. More information about the operational context of the Big Help Project is available in our Social Value Report.

The reality of these facts and figures is played out in people’s lives across the borough. The Big Help Project and Knowsley foodbank aim to be there for these people for as long as it takes, until the day comes when there is no need for a foodbank, and food is within the means of all. In the meantime, we will work with individuals and the community to challenge and address poverty by:

  • Providing our foodbank service, to support people in food crisis  
  • Engaging our clients with the other services that we offer, to help them address the underlying cause of their food crisis  
  • Building links with other organisations, including our partners and funders so that we can reach more people across our community  
  • Pre-empting some of the causes of poverty, through new and innovative ideas such as our Homes with Style store 
  • Always challenging the ideologies that allow poverty and inequality to exist, so that we can answer the Bible’s command to:

“Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of the down-and-outers! Speak out for justice! Speak up for the poor and destitute!”

Proverbs 31:8-9, The Message