The Carlisle Foodbank (external link) was established in partnership with a number of agencies within Carlisle. Its aim is to support those who are most deprived by providing food packs or vouchers.
As well as receiving funding from Carlisle City Council and Riverside, the project has asked the "Churches Together" congregations and schools to donate to the food bank. The shopping list provides a list of staples. It is hoped, with support from Sustainable Carlisle and allotment projects, fresh produce may also be available.
A launch event, attended by the Mayor, Councillors, local MPs and representatives from our partner organisations, was held on Monday, 2 April 2012.
Carlisle Food Initiative, which works under the umbrella of Carlisle FoodBank, wants to know more about who is doing what across Carlisle District around food.Please would you tell us what activities/services you run which have a “food” connection such as lunch clubs, healthy eating workshops.We also want to know more about what facilities and equipment are available.
Our survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/G9WPQGC
Click here for further details on Carlisle Food Initiative.
Referrals have been taken from agencies since Thursday, 12 April. The Foodbank will help a person or family up to three times. After this, referral agencies will be asked to look at other ways to help. The idea of the Foodbank is to help out in a crisis, not provide regular handouts to the same people.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07512 552449.
3rd Sector Homeless Support Group
Breakfast, Wednesday and Friday, 8-10am, Doves Cafe, Chapel St Commencing 10.02.16, until further notice.
Breakfast, Tuesday, 10-12am, St Nicholas Salvation Army Hall
Op Shop, Botchergate
Beans on toast + hot drink, Monday- Saturday, 10am-4pm Full Evening meal, Tuesday, 6.30-8pm, term time only.
Full Cooked lunch, Thursday, 12-2.30, Abbey Street Hall (nb change of venue)
Full Evening meal, Monday, 6-8pm, 108 Botchergate For Families and women (not single men for safeguarding reasons) Voucher system, vouchers available from Foodbank, CAB, Civic Centre, and more.
Foodbank, Community Cafe
Hot drink and biscuits, Monday's, Thursday's and Friday's, 1-3pm, St Nicholas Hall.
Drop in for 16-25year olds Hot drink and biscuits, weekdays, 12.30-3.30pm
Methodist Church, Wigton Rd
Lunch, 1st and3rd Monday each month, £3.00 Soup and roll, 2nd and 4th Monday each month £1.00
Food vouchers, Carlisle One World Centre Value £7.00, can be exchanged at 3 different locations as indicated on each voucher Available from various organisations including Foodbank, CAB, Carlisle Key, Our Lady and St Joseph's Church, and more.
If you would like to donate food to the Foodbank, collection points are at the Salvation Army centres on Abbey Street and St Nicholas Street. We are also looking to set up a collection point at the Civic Centre.
Types of food we need include: 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, Tinned Spaghetti, Tinned Ravioli, Jam / Marmalade, Biscuits or Snack Bars and Pot Noodles.
If you are donating canned food, please try to choose cans with ring-pulls. (or you could always donate a tin opener!)