Micah Liverpool has recently opened a Community Market in partnership with St Michael’s in the City Church on Upper Pitt Street, just outside of Liverpool City Centre.
What is the Community Market?
The Community Market is a retail outlet that offers food deemed to be surplus to requirement by supermarkets, for sale at below market rate prices. The main aim of our Community Market is to support people who may be on the brink of using foodbanks. This early intervention will hopefully take the strain off of local foodbanks as well as giving residents opportunity and choice when grocery shopping.
How does it work?
Micah Liverpool already receives items from supermarkets through the food recycling charity, FareShare. Through this service we are given items that cannot be sold but are still usable.
An example could be a box of cereal that is featuring a limited time promotion on the box. Once the promotion has finished that box can’t be sold so it would traditionally go to landfill. Through organisations like FareShare that food is collected and then distributed to organisations that can use it like community cafes, food banks and community markets.
Why is it needed?
A Community Market is a great opportunity for Micah Liverpool and has two main positives.
The first is being able to serve and support a community that is in need.
Our location at St Michael’s Church is based in one of the more deprived wards in Liverpool, which is surprising giving how close it is to Liverpool City Centre. Only 36% of residents from the Riverside ward are classed as working full time (30+ hours per week), therefore 64% are classed as unemployed, receiving sickness benefit, retired, students or homemakers. Many of those 64% will be living with an income below the national average and may face further obstacles that can cause people to go in to poverty. A Community Market allows Micah to interact with people who need support whilst providing a service to the community.
The second positive will be the financial gain to Micah Liverpool.
Community Markets are run to make a profit. All profits made will then be reinvested in to Micah Liverpool to fund activities such as Emergency Food Aid provision and the Volunteer Programme; money will also be reinvested in to the growth and expansion of the Community Market.
Benefits to those involved
A Community Market will benefit everybody involved:
Have access to affordable food thereby alleviating financial strain and insecurity
We offer a community space for local residents to use. Our community cafe serves tea, coffee and toast up until 12pm. After that we also serve a nutritious meal created from the ingredients we receive at the market that morning. We provide the opportunity for local people to sit down for a meal and chat to others, we hope this will help to reduce social isolation and loneliness
St Michael’s in the City
We hope the church will benefit from local residents reengaging with services. We will track the congregation numbers to see if there is an increase in worshipping as a result of the Community Markets
We will benefit from additional finance streams created through the Community Market. There would also be added benefits such as volunteering opportunities for the Volunteering Programme and a projected reduction in the use of foodbanks in the local area, which in turn would reduce the pressure on the Micah Emergency Food Aid that we run nearby
If you would like any more information about the Community Market including how to get involved, how to support the market or how to come and shop at the market please contact:
0151 702 702 / 07932842337