Welfare - finding your nearest food bank

If, as a result of a crisis, you are unable to feed yourself or your family, you may be able to get some emergency food from a food bank. In order to do so, you will need first to obtain a voucher from one of the food bank's authorised voucher holders once they have established that this is appropriate in your particular circumstances. If you do not already have contact with a voucher holder, then please get in touch with Cumbria County Council's community support team on 01228 221100.

There are food banks located in:

Please remember that food banks are voluntary bodies - staffed entirely by volunteers - and all of their food is generously donated by members of the public. Their stocks of food are limited, so they cannot be a long term solution. Each voucher provides sufficient food for 3 days and it will not normally be possible for you to obtain more than 3 food vouchers. It is essential that you also seek ways of dealing with the cause(s) of your crisis if longer-term help is likely to be needed. Again, the community support team can advise you on this. 

Love food hate waste

Food waste is a major issue. We throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. It's costing us £12bn a year and is bad for the environment too. There are lots of ways you can make the food that you have at home go that little bit further -  from sensible shopping and better storage to good portion control and getting creative with leftovers. For more information visit lovefoodhatewaste.com