Everton in the Community, in partnership with Fans Supporting Foodbanks, St. Andrew's Community Network and Your Local Pantry is supporting individuals and families with a new member-run food pantry, available for everybody to access in the local community.
The initiative follows on from Everton's Blue Family campaign, which supported over 29,000 individuals and families with urgent support during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the effects of the pandemic, alongside the rise in the cost of living continuing to take its toll on families, the pantry aims to reduce food poverty by providing communities access to a wide range of top-quality food in return of a small subscription fee.
The pantry will run every Thursday from 10am - 12pm at the Blue Base (Salop Street, L4 4BZ). Members will pay £3.50 per visit and in return will receive approximately £20 worth of goods.
There is no sign-up fee for the local pantry, but you must live within the Blue Base boundary (available below), have a child that attends a school in the boundary, or be a current EitC participant to be eligible. Register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 319 4018.
Original article - Everton in the Community - Blue Base Pantry
The Blue Base Pantry was also featured in this Guardian video:
The Liverpool and Everton fans fighting to close down food banks
It started with collecting food from a wheelie bin outside Goodison Park, and is now a permanent fixture outside every home game at the stadium and across the road at Anfield. Everton and Liverpool fans bring donations to games, which volunteers then distribute among food banks and Your Local Pantry's across their communities. The Guardian's Maeve Shearlaw and Christopher Cherry spent the last week of the season with the volunteers as they sorted through donations and worried about what will happen in lieu of match day collections over the summer