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The new community food market that's aiming to help struggling Liverpool families; Market sells food deemed surplus to requirements by supermarkets.

Byline: Cheryl Mullin

A new weekly community market, selling food deemed surplus to requirements by supermarkets, is aiming to help struggling families in Liverpool.

The Micah Liverpool Community Market is an opportunity for people to buy groceries and household goods at a heavily reduced price.

The market is hoping to help ease the financial pressures on those in the city living on the breadline.

It's the brainchild of Micah Liverpool, a social justice charity set up by Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and St Bride's to relieve Liverpool residents of social injustice and poverty.

The market complements the work already being done by Micah through its foodbank,

It may only be in its first few weeks, but organisers are already delighted by how the market has been received.

Rector of St Bride's, Rev Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes said: "First week, we had about 30 people come through as customers, and they were all saying they would come back, that they would tell their friends about it.

"We said we'd be delighted if we got five, so we were very pleased."

Rev Threlfall-Holmes explained the idea behind the market was two-fold.

The charity's foodbank is currently being accessed by 200 to 300 people a week, but those people only get vouchers for three weeks' help -- it's short-term support.

She continued: "There are people who are struggling, but feel they don't need to go to a foodbank.

"The idea behind the market is to bridge the gap for people who need a bit of help.

"The other side is the market works a bit like a charity shop, in that it raises money for Micah Liverpool."

Markets like this have been shown to help prevent people having to turn to the emergency aid foodbanks offer.

Stock for the market comes from two different sources -- excess supplies from the foodbank, and supermarket food deemed surplus.

Three differently priced tables offer various goods. On the 20p table, you'll find tins, like tuna, hot dogs and pasta sauce.

The 50p table has slightly larger items, like boxes of tea bags -- while the [pounds sterling]1 table has much bigger items, like dishwasher tablets.

There is also a Community Cafe serving tea, coffee and toast for a small suggested donation.

The great thing about the market is that anyone can shop there.

Rev Threlfall-Holmes said: "There are no limits to access, the market is for the whole community."

The market is held every Monday, except Bank Holidays, at St Michael in the City, on Upper Pitt Street, from 11am to 2pm.

St Michael in the City is one of three churches that form the Team Parish of St Luke In The City, named after the original name of the Bombed-Out Church, on Bold Place.

Executive director of Micah Liverpool, Paul O'Brien, said: "The scandal of society is that so many people are driven into poverty because they don't have affordable options to choose from.

"The market offers people a chance to manage their budgets and feed their families, preventing them from hitting the crisis point. We want to get to a point where we no longer need to give emergency food aid through foodbanks."

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Micah community food market

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Micah community food market

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Micah community food market

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St Michael In The City, where the community food market is taking place
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Publication:Crosby Herald (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 20, 2018
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