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THE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES: Local food banks battle to keep communities fed

“EVERYTHING is drying up,” says Councillor Gerard Woodhouse, of County Ward’s L6 Centre. “Even our Just Giving page - no one is giving money now, and that’s our biggest issue.

We’ve got the resources out there to get the food from - but we haven’t got enough money to pay for it.

“We are getting 500 to 600 referrals every day, but we are only getting 300-400 food packs out.

And with all the self-isolating we can’t take on more volunteers, because everyone’s got to be two metres apart..” So they have had to move their operation into the church next door, to accommodate some extra support.

Cllr Woodhouse says their usual collection points across the city are now empty,...

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BEST BAR NONE: Local pub helps regulars cope with Covid crisis

“Maybe they were just stalling for time to see the economic impact - or maybe they were just not on the ball with their advice,” says Terry May, owner of Bernie Mays, a bar and hotel on County Road in Walton. “I will leave people to make up their own minds.”

“But when the order came to close it hit us hard. With it being a Friday we had stocked up for a busy weekend, so obviously all that stock will reach its best before date before we get to open again. And that will put even more strain on already struggling independent bars and restaurant.

“Then there was Mothers’ Day, Aintree’s Grand National race meeting, the football - all of them are a massive loss to us. We rely on them to boost our takings, so we can carry on throughout the rest of the year. Read More