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03 August 2022

More than £40k donated by local committee to support emergency and affordable food supplies

Carlisle Local Committee has begun allocating the £43,500 it had been awarded by Cumbria County Council to bulk buy food supplies and help people through the cost-of-living crisis.

The money will be donated to several community organisations and charities across Carlisle to help boost their stocks of free or affordable food.

The funds are part of a wider £2m package announced by the county council earlier this year to support those most in need across the county as inflation drives up prices.

£500k of this funding was allocated to ‘Direct Community Support’, including the bulk buying of food to support local food banks and affordable food hubs.

The five other local committees of Cumbria will also be deciding how to allocate their own share of the funding over the coming weeks.

So far, Carlisle Local Committee has decided to award funds as follows:

  • The Lookout - £2,000 towards their food pantry which is based at Shadygrove Road
  • Botcherby Community Centre - £2,500 towards their pop-up pantry to support the residents in Botcherby
  • Cornerstones (St James Church) - £3,000 towards their food bank and pop-up pantry to support the residents in the Denton Holme area
  • St Barnabas and St Luke’s churches (formally known as TP4C) - £3,000 towards their foodbank to support the residents west of the city
  • Elim Community Church - Oasis Pantry - £5,000 towards their food pantry to support the residents mainly in the centre of Carlisle
  • Mealbank 108 - £2,000 - Free community Meals
  • Brampton Area Action Group - £4,000 towards their food bank and community larder which supports the residents in Brampton and the rural surrounding area
  • Carlisle Foodbank - £9,600 towards the main foodbank in Carlisle
  • Carlisle Community Help - £10,000 towards their affordable food hubs.

Chair of Carlisle Local Committee, Cllr Cyril Weber, said: “With the cost of living on the rise, many people and families in Carlisle are struggling.

“Affordable food supplies or emergency food provisions provided through community organisations are a vital lifeline to these families during this difficult time and I’m so thankful we’ve been able to provide some funding to support these initiatives.

“If you’d like to save money on your shopping and the cost of the weekly shop is beginning to become a burden, affordable food hubs and pantries are a great way of shopping to a budget without needing to be referred through official channels.

“However, if your situation is more urgent and you require emergency food supplies, food banks are on hand if you need them. And there’s no shame in accessing these services. They are there to help."

If you need urgent help finding food and essential items, or if you are struggling to cope with your current situation for whatever reason, please call the county council's Support Helpline on 0800 783 1966 (Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 4.30pm).

For more information about the support available to people struggling with the cost of living - whether you need financial or emotional support, please visit the county council website. 


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Carlisle Local Committee has begun allocating the £43,500 it had been awarded by Cumbria County Council to bulk buy food supplies and help people through the cost-of-living crisis.