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Cumbria's food bank boost

Four major supermarket chains have agreed to have food bank collection points put in some of their west Cumbria stores.

West Cumbria foodbank boost

Four major supermarket chains have agreed to have Foodbank collection points in their stores in Allerdale.

As part of the council's support for initiatives to reduce poverty, they joined forces with North Lakes Foodbank and four supermarkets to increase Foodbank collection points.

"I am a strong supporter of Foodbank and believe the work they undertake is invaluable, particularly in the current economic climate. I thank Morrisons, Tesco, Asda and The Co-operative for coming on board with this initiative and agreeing to accept collection points in their supermarkets.

"This will result in North Lakes Foodbank being more visible and hopefully encouraging shoppers to make donations on a regular basis."

– Councillor Alan Smith

Jessie Hendry, Project Co-ordinator, The North Lakes Foodbank, explained that as they expand through the county it is vital they collect enough food to meet demand which has increased by over 600% over the last 18 months. She added:

"We are already supported by individuals through local churches, businesses, schools and community groups. The news that the supermarkets will be joining the collection team is fantastic.

"With the generous donation from our community we are able to feed over 240 people a month in crisis. As people shop for their own food, it will be easy for them to donate to the Foodbank as they leave the store."

– Jessie Hendry

The North Lakes Foodbank is a community-based project providing food for people in crisis throughout Allerdale and Copeland. They are currently feeding over 240 people in crisis a month, meaning more than 1.5 tonnes of food is needed every month.

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