The Liverpool Food and Drinks Festival 2012 Supports the Foodbank – 1st and 2nd September at Sefton Park

The Liverpool Food & Drink Festival runs from 1-8 September, starting with a launch weekend in the heart of Sefton Park (1-2 September). The open-air festival launch weekend will bring together some of the region’s finest local producers, bars, restaurants and cafes. The Sefton Park event will also feature a real ale beer festival, master classes, and celebrity chef demonstrations, as well as wine tasting and street food sampling.

This year the organisers of the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival are urging visitors to this year’s launch weekend in Sefton Park to bring along store cupboard items – such as dried pasta, rice and canned foods – in a bid to help raise stock levels for the city’s Foodbanks.

Liverpool currently has three Foodbanks, run by volunteers, which provide nutritionally balanced emergency food packages to people facing a sudden crisis, such as a delay in receiving welfare benefits, redundancy or personal sickness. Liverpool’s Food Banks have helped many local people by providing food packages, which can feed a family for up to three days.

John West, the event sponsor, is planning to match the number of non-perishable food items collected during the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival launch weekend by donating the same quantity of canned fish.

Nicola Hawkes, South Liverpool Foodbank Co-ordinator, has welcomed the support of the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival and John West. She said: “Between the three Liverpool Foodbanks, we feed an average of 900 people per month so we are continuously looking to replenish our stock. We rely solely on donations from the public and non-perishable food items are always gratefully received.”

Nick Bentley, Head of Shopper Marketing at John West, said: “The Food Bank is a lifeline for many people and we are happy to be able to support the good work they are doing in the local community, particularly as we are a Liverpool-based company. Thousands are expected to attend the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival launch weekend so even if each visitor brings one item we could potentially raise an enormous amount of food to be distributed to those who need it.”

It’s Liverpool and I’m Liverpool and will be there Saturday morning with my wife, Pauline as we are Foodbank volunteers.

Hope to see you there.

To find out mor about the Foodbanks visit www.trusseltrust.org

To view the Foodbank shopping list of non-perishable food needed to create emergency food packages, visit www.liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

The shopping list includes:

Milk (UHT or powdered)

Sugar (500g)

Fruit juice (carton)

Soup

Pasta sauces

Sponge pudding (tinned)

Tomatoes (tinned)

Cereals

Rice pudding (tinned)

Tea Bags/instant coffee

Instant mash potato

Rice/pasta

Tinned meat/fish

Tinned fruit

Jam

Biscuits or snack bars

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