About Us

Our Aim:


  • 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 and to signpost service users to other agencies appropriate for their needs.
  • To provide a listening ear for service users where appropriate.

Our Philosophy:

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. We are not a free supermarket and under normal circumstances would not expect any of our service users to receive three parcels in any one crisis. As someone once said we are to give a hand up, not a hand out.

Our History:

Throughout 2011 David Pitkeathly of the Church of Scotland and Rachael Rodway of Carlisle One World Centre had been noticing an increased use of drop in facilities and the food voucher scheme and met with other agencies, with a view to setting up a Carlisle Foodbank.  As the Salvation Army in Carlisle had been distributing parcels for 25 years and at their invitation it was decided to build on their work and from their buildings. Further agencies joined, and the Foodbank went live in April 2012.