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North Lakes Foodbank

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The North Lakes Foodbank is a community-based project providing food for people in crisis throughout Allerdale and Copeland. It was seeded by the Trussell Trust, a Christian based organisation, committed to launching life changing community-based projects.

The North Lakes Foodbank Opening times are as follows:

North Lakes foodbank opening times

Please note that you will need an orange voucher from a Foodbank voucher holder to receive food, bring it to us during these times and exchange it. If you are in need of food and do not have an agency worker who holds our vouchers, contact us for signposting to one of our 85 voucher holders within Allerdale and Copeland.

The North Lakes Foodbank is a community-based project providing food for people in crisis throughout Allerdale and Copeland. It was seeded by the Trussell Trust, a Christian based organisation, committed to launching life changing community-based projects. 

Our Mission is simple . . .

The North Lakes Foodbank helps individuals and families in crisis, through the provision of emergency food supplies. All food is given to people in crisis identified by care professionals – Health Visitors, Doctors, Social Workers, Church and Community Workers. These distributors give out vouchers which are exchanged for the food which is nutritionally balanced to last the individual, couple or family 3 days. We are signing up more voucher holders daily. The amount of people through our Allerdale and Copeland we are feeding each month is growing rapidly. Some of the needs are as a result of benefit delay, low income and housing issues. 

We collect food from customers at supermarkets, churches, schools and through local groups. We see food as a catalyst for change by providing emergency food immediately to meet a crisis situation with some practical help while Care Professionals look at longer-term strategies. 

We give out shopping lists for people to buy items of food from. The non-perishable food is handed in to collections points throughout Allerdale and Copeland. Food is given out from our distribution centres where clients are offered a hot drink, a biscuit and a friendly chat. Here clients will be signposted to agencies to help further with their requirements. Voucher holders can pick up the food for clients if they are not in a postition to collect for themselves.

We opened our doors in early November 2009 not knowing that we would be needed so urgently after the Floods happened as a key part of the Cockermouth Flood Action Response. Our vision now is to make the Foodbank accessible to all those in need across the whole of Allerdale and Copeland. 

Where you can help!

We have a fantastic team of Foodbank volunteers and we are always looking for more people to help. If you would like to volunteer your time, become a distributor or donate financially to the Foodbank please do get in touch with us.

 “Local People Helping Their Neighbours In Crisis”

Further Information:  

Jessica Hendry - Project Co-ordinator North Lakes Foodbank

 

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Published: 12 November 2012 - 11:04am