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Food banks and food support

Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action have produced a guide to community food and provision, which includes details of food banks, pantries and 'pay it forward' schemes in our borough, plus other support and information.

Food banks

Food banks provide emergency food and compassionate, dignified support to people locked in crisis. There are 10 food banks available to residents in St Helens Borough, five of which are managed by The HOPE Centre charity in St Helens and require a voucher from a relevant local agency.

Food banks requiring a voucher
NamePhone numberAddressOpening times
The Mount01744 611771Parr Mount
Traverse Street
Fingerpost
St Helens
WA9 1BW
Monday, 12:30 - 14:30
St Helens Christian Life Centre01744 26414Atherton Street
St Helens
WA10 2DT
Tuesday, 11:00 - 14:30
Friday, 11:00 - 14:30
St John The Baptist Church07519 357098St John Street
Earlestown
WA12 9DG
Wednesday, 11:30 - 13:30
St Helens Parish Church Hall07599 582848Church Street
St Helens
WA10 1AF
Thursday, 11:00 - 14:00
Newton Community Centre01925 224731Park Road South
Newton-le-Willows
WA12 8EX
Friday, 11:00 - 14:30

 

Independent food banks - no voucher required
NamePhone numberAddressOpening times
Wonderland Community Centre01744 613574Unit 4 Reflection Court
Canal Street
St Helens
WA10 3JQ
Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 18:00
Sexton Avenue Community Allotments01744 607907110 McMinnis Avenue
Parr
St Helens
WA9 2PW
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00 - 14:00
Sutton Community Food Project07765 736199St Michael & All Angels Church
Gartons Lane
St Helens
WA9 2RA
Sunday, 13:30 - 15:30
Derbyshire Hill Family & Community Centre01744 607907Derbyshire Hill Road
Parr
St Helens
WA9 2PW
Wednesday, 11:00 - 13:00
Teardrops01744 733233110 Crab Street
St Helens
WA10 
Monday - Friday, 09:30 - 16:00

 

Community food pantries

Pantries operate as a member-led neighbourhood hub and are just like a shop, in that you choose the food you want from the shelves. Members pay a small subscription of £4 each week they visit, and in return can choose groceries worth many times more, often saving up to £1,000 a year on shopping bills.

There are four community food pantries available to residents in St Helens town centre, Thatto Heath, Haydock and West Park.

NameAddressOpening times
HOPE PantryWesley Methodist Church
Corporation Street
St Helens
WA10 1LF
Tuesday, 11:00 - 13:00
St Matthew's Centre PantrySt Matthews Grove
Thatto Heath
St Helens
WA10 3SE
Wednesday, 09:00 - 11:30
St Mark's T.A.N.G.O. Pantry
 
Park Street
Haydock
St Helens
WA11 0BH
Thursday, 08:50 - 11:00
St Luke's PantryKnowsley Road
St Helens
WA10 4PU
Wednesday, 15:30 - 17:30

 

How it works

Step one: Find your nearest pantry (you must live in the area in which it is based).

Step two: Go along and join on the day it is open, remembering it is open to everyone in that community.

Step three: Pay your £4 membership each time you visit. Sit and have a cuppa while you wait for your turn.

Step four: Choose your shopping, which will always be worth more than your weekly membership fee.

Step five: Tell your neighbours and get them to join too.