Carlisle Foodbank – an ongoing project
When we started Carlisle Foodbank it was with the traditional view of providing emergency long-life food for referred individuals and families who were in short term crisis. Since 2012 new legislation and benefit rules have highlighted that problems are more deep rooted and of a longer duration. This, added to the scandal of supermarket waste, led us to Foodbank Plus, which we also call the Carlisle Food Initiative. We collect surplus food from Marks and Spencer, Greggs, Bookers and Pioneer amongst others which we use to cook wholesome food, or we provide fresh fruit and vegetables instead of tins to those who prefer the healthier alternative. We are also extending our collections and the cafe, which we run during foodbank opening hours, will be opening for longer periods as well. We are also supplying monthly afternoon lunches at weekends for those who find our usual times particularly difficult.
We are enjoying working with partners such as the CAB, Mind Carlisle County Council, Sustainable Carlisle, Riverside Housing and the Animal Refuge.
statistical source: “think money”