The Carlisle Foodbank was established in 2012 in partnership with a number of agencies in Carlisle.
Service users are referred to the Foodbank from a variety of sources, for example, Citizens Advice Bureau, Law Centre, Barnardo’s, housing charities, mental health and substance abuse charities. They are people who have been identified as having no money and no food.
The Foodbank’s aim is to provide three days’ emergency food aid for people in crisis who have been identified and referred by agencies working in the community, to work with these referral agencies to signpost service users to other agencies appropriate for their needs and to provide a listening ear for service users where appropriate.
Because of the rising costs of food and fuel, combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits, there is an increasing number of people in the Carlisle district who are going without food.
Items which the Foodbank are pleased to receive from donors and may be given through the Church include the following:
Milk (UHT or powdered) Sugar (500g) Fruit juice (carton) Soup Pasta sauces (tin, jar or packet) Sponge pudding (tinned) Custard (tinned or packet instant) Tomatoes (tinned) Cereals Rice pudding (tinned) Tea bags/instant coffee Instant mashed potato Rice/pasta Tinned meat/fish Tinned fruit/vegetables Tinned baked beans/spaghetti/ravioli Jam/marmalade Biscuits/snack bars Pot noodles