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Emergency foodbank set up in Carlisle as demand surges amid coronavirus

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An emergency foodbank has been set up in Carlisle for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic and for those struggling to buy essentials.

The Carlisle COVID-19 Community Help Group say there has been an increase in the number of people needing help since the outbreak started.

The group, which was set up by the Labour party, provides parcels of fresh and non-perishable food which is delivered to those who need it.

This includes people who fall into the vulnerable group and self isolates for 14 days; or family/single parent who self isolates, or anyone who has a low income due to COVID-19.

Referrals are made by councillors and officers of Carlisle City or CumbriaCounty councils, and are assessed on an individual basis.

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Karen Lockney, Labour County Councillor for Denton Holme, and part of core help group team said, “We realised that families and individuals were going hungry, either because of sudden loss of income, or their usual support no longer being in place.

"What is fantastic is that so many sections of the community have come forward to volunteer help or make cash or food donations.

"As councillors we are doing what we should be doing to support residents, but the real thanks goes to our many volunteers who are giving up time or making donations to make this happen.

"The show of kindness and solidarity is incredible.”

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Lisa Brown, Labour City Councillor for Denton Holme, who initially set up thegroup added, “We are grateful for donations from Tesco, Iceland, Morrisons, Center Parcs and many others.

"A week ago this was just an idea, and now we have a fully functioning food hub, ready to respond within a day to referrals. It is amazing how many people have pulled together to support us and get this off the ground.”

Who do I contact?

  • County Council Emergency Helpline on: 0800 783 1966,
  • The Community Help Group on 07394 546 877.

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