Emergency food packs handed out

Older people are being given emergency food packs they can store and use in case there is severe weather making it difficult to leave their homes.

The packs, which contain long-life food, are being distributed to those aged 55 and over on Monday 20 January at the Oakmere Centre, Cherry Lane, Walton (11am to 2pm)

“The idea is that these are something people can put in the cupboard so that if we have really bad weather they need not worry about getting to the shops – they will have some food in store,” said Councillor Gerard Woodhouse , Mayoral Lead for Older People.

“We may have missed the worst of the weather so far this winter but who knows what the next few weeks will bring, and when we get snow and ice it can be a real worry for older people who have great difficulty in going shopping.

“We don’t want anybody in this city to go hungry- these packs will ensure that some older people have a few days of food at least in hand for emergencies.

“While this event is aimed at the over 55s , anybody who has not reached that age yet will still be very welcome on Monday – they can enjoy a bowl of soup and have  a free game of bingo.”

The packs have been funded by the Merseyside Residents Network and the event is supported by County Ward councillors and Registered Social landlords.

Leaflets about the hand-out have been distributed  to eligible residents and those attending are asked to bring the leaflet with them. Disabled people who are unable to attend are asked to ring 0151 707 – 0707  to arrange for their packs to be delivered.