Applications are being invited for bids from the Mayor’s Hope Fund – a new charity established by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson for poverty relief.
More than £30,000 has so far been raised for the charity, and now any organisation – large or small – that provides foodbank services in Liverpool is able to apply for grants.
The Mayor’s Hope Fund will identify specific projects to implement, enhance and grow the level of service that that each foodbank can provide. Examples could include creating storage space and distribution centres, recruit and train volunteer and collect and deliver food.
Mayor Joe Anderson said: “We have had a great response to the Mayor’s Hope Fund and are now in a position to start delivering funds to those organisations that deliver such a valuable service.
“It’s great so many people have helped already to raise money.
“These are tough times for people due to the austerity measures and demand for our foodbanks is rising.
“Every penny will enable foodbanks to invest in their infrastructure to meet the increasing need for their services and support the work of their volunteers who work so hard.”
There has been an 88 percent rise in the number of people being fed by Foodbanks compared to the same time last year.