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Everton helping 25,000 families in need get through coronavirus

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But since the start of the pandemic over 25,000 families have been supported by EITC.

Since establishing in 1988, Everton in the Community (EITC) has become one of the models of what a community programme should look like, having a real impact in communities and looking after some of the most vulnerable.

School leaders not being able to have that regular contact with vulnerable children for several months, loneliness and families struggling to make ends meet has caused enormous strain.

The thing that hit home was sometimes when we had been supporting young people at school when they maybe angry or tired, when we got involved with families, some families might have been cautious to accept help before but it kind of blew families open and open up the doors for us to say 'look, we'll help'.

"There were some staff and teachers paying out of their own pocket to feed families, so our staff are asking 'what are these families going to do?'

The COVID-19 pandemic took a stranglehold on all parts of society - closing schools and businesses - and made even the most natural of things like seeing family and friends forbidden.

But some families didn't even have knives and forks.
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