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Foodbank prepares to feed hundreds of families over school holidays

Credit: PA

A foodbank in Cumbria is gearing up for one of the busiest times of the year - the Summer holidays.

The North Lakes Foodbank says many parents are forced to rely on free school meals and will struggle to keep their children fed after they break up from school, which is why over the last three years, the bank has run 'Holiday Lunchpacks 4 Kids' scheme. They have handed out a total of :

1,630
bags to almost 500 families in 2018.
400
bags were given out over the 2019 Easter holidays.

Allerdale has the second highest percentage of children living below the poverty line, according to new data published by the End Child Poverty coalition.

27.8% of the borough's families are facing impossible choices between paying bills or buying food.

A bag of food from the dontation-run foodbank provides lunch for two children for one week.

Care professionals hand out vouchers to families, exchanging them for a nutritionally balanced diet to feed an individual or a family.