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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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£3,000 boost for vital foodbank

A £3,000 boost has been given to the North Lakes Foodbank to help people in need across West Cumbria.

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STOCKING UP: Linda McDonald, assistant project manager at the North Lakes Foodbank in Cockermouth, with John Chappell, of Nuclear Management Partners, which has given a £3,000 boost to the vital service

The money, from Nuclear Management Partners, will go towards the running costs of the foodbank van to distribute emergency food supplies.

It collects food donations from supermarkets, churches, schools and community groups.

Food is either given out from the foodbank’s centres or delivered to those who can’t get to them.

Jessica Hendry, project manager of North Lakes Foodbank, said: “It is vital we have this funding so that we can keep delivering to people in need in Cumbria.

“The service is a lifeline for many people and we would not be able to do it without support from our volunteers, funders and donators.”

Last year NMP donated £1,800 to the cause but decided to double the amount this time to help even more people.

John Chappell, of Nuclear Management Partners, said: “The foodbank and its volunteers have the needs of their local communities at heart.

“The service is a lifeline for many individuals and families and as such is an initiative we’re keen to support.”

The foodbank helps around 600 people a month across West Cumbria and is run from Lorton Street Methodist Church in Cockermouth.

There are foodbanks at the Bridge Centre, Workington, and St Mary’s Church in Maryport.

Vouchers are given to people identified by care professionals. These are exchanged for food which covers three days, and people are entitled to a total of three vouchers.

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