New union aims to tackle food poverty

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The new food union. Pic © Laurence Fenlon

Charity and community venue, The Florrie, has set up a new food union to help combat poverty in south Liverpool.

The union, which is run by local young people, buys food wholesale and receives stock through donations.

The social hub at the heart of L8 is hoping to give back to the local community with its new initiative, which will provide people who are less fortunate with food, clothes, toiletries and household goods for a much lower price.

Events and Business manager of the Florrie, Laurence Fenlon, told JMU Journalism: “The Florrie is a community hub for people in south Liverpool. Our building is in a part of Liverpool where there is a lot of poverty, and this building was meant to serve the local community.

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“There is a huge stigma around food banks but we still recognise the need in the community, so we created the union. People wishing to use the union can come into the Florrie or email us.

“We don’t delve too much into people’s lives, but they will have to go through a basic qualifying process. It is vital we obtain further funds or sponsors to maintain our food union initiative.”

People who use the union will pay £3.50 and receive £25 worth of shopping, meaning there is a need for sponsors for donations to allow the union to continue.

In a recent visit to the Florrie, Mayor Joe Anderson said: “It’s not a food bank, it’s a food union so it gives people dignity and respect because they buy into it, and they get all the support and all the food that they need.”

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