“We gather together people to support good policies, promote good practice and to publicise issues of food poverty in Liverpool today.

Feeding Liverpool is an initiative of Churches Together in Merseyside and Region and is co-chaired by Bishop John Rawsthorne, (retired Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Hallam and former Auxiliary Bishop in Liverpool) and Professor Hilary Russell (Chair of LCVS and Together Liverpool). 

The object of Feeding Liverpool is to provide an arena for working in partnership with the community towards three main aims:

  • First – to share good practice about emergency provision;
  • Second – to campaign for change in those policies that cause or reinforce poverty;
  • Third – to raise public awareness about the extent of food poverty and the damaging effects of austerity measures on welfare provision. 

Feeding Liverpool wants to contribute to other efforts in the city to tackle food poverty such as the City Council’s Food Poverty Strategy Group in which it is being asked to take a lead role in engaging with local communities and learning from people’s lived experience.  As many of the participants are those on the frontline of provision, a key strength is to provide what Bishop Paul Bayes refers to as ‘a line of sight to the street and back’ in order to gain an understanding of the reality of food poverty today and its implications – not just for providers and policy makers, but for all of us who aspire to live in a society that is built around fairness and the wellbeing of all.