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COMMUNITY CO-OP: Grand Central Hall transforms into food bank to help support vulnerable families during lockdown

COMMUNITY CO-OP: Grand Central Hall transforms into food bank to help support vulnerable families during lockdown

Image: Community Co-op

A team of young adults transformed Liverpools Grand Central Hall to give back to their local community and support struggling families during this hard time. 

Ciaran Morris, a 25 year old scientist was appalled at the ‘poor attempts’ the government made with school meals during national lockdown.

He said it brought to light “that there are a lot of people being left in the dark during the pandemic and hunger is a massive issue”.

He spoke with friends and family and took matters into his own hands, forming the ‘Community Co-op’. Their aim is to give families with young children in the city a bit of respite during this hard time.

The team are lucky enough to use one of Liverpool’s most popular venues, The Liverpool Grand Central Hall, as its food base. They collect 80kg of food a week from Fareshare. Added to this, are food donations to help make up the essential packages.

Image: Community Co-op

Community Co-op are in close contact with schools around the local area. They ask if the schools know families who would need a little extra support and from this, they make up sufficient packages for those affected. The packages are dropped to the schools and are collected by the parents when picking up their child.

Ciaran says: “Families who aren’t getting help at the moment, but need it, could let their head teacher know and we would ask them to get in touch with us at thecommunityco.foodbank@gmail.com.”

He added: "It’s been a successful journey so far and we can’t wait to get to work and start getting substantial food to those families who really need it". 


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