Micah Liverpool currently operates two community markets that are open to the public. £1.50 buys you 15 items of groceries and household supplies. You can visit us at;
ST DUNSTAN’S CHURCH, 119 Earle Road, Liverpool, L7 6HD on Wednesdays [10am – 12 noon]
C3 CHURCH, 79-81 Kempston Street, Liverpool, L3 8HE on Fridays [10.30am – 12.30pm]
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 C3 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 and a cafe which serves tea, coffee and toast. This provides an opportunity for local people to sit down and chat to others, we hope this will help to reduce social isolation and loneliness
We hope the churches will benefit from local residents re-engaging with services. We will track the congregation numbers to see if there is an increase in worshipping as a result of the Community Market.
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 please contact:
0151 702 702 / 07932842337