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Saturday, 04 July 2015

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Workington collection boost for North Lakes Foodbank

About two-and-a-half tonnes of food was collected for the North Lakes Foodbank at Workington’s Tesco supermarket last Friday and Saturday.

Customers and staff at the New Bridge Road store donated items including UHT milk, fruit juice, sugar and instant mashed potato.

Tesco will also give the charity a gift card equivalent to 30 per cent of that total, which can be used to buy more food when it is needed.

The event was part of a national initiative and the store collected the second highest total in the north of England.

Alison Sharpe, Tesco community champion, said: “It was lovely to see how well customers supported the collection to help people in need.

“We also have a weekly collection in store for the foodbank and I would like to encourage people to donate any items to the collection, and they don’t have to be Tesco items.”

The foodbank has distribution points in Cockermouth, Workington and Whitehaven and gives out emergency food parcels to around 550 people a month.

Have your say

being retired on a small company pension means my weekly state pension is taken up by my obscene council tax £126 a month.
I,ll have to apply to the food bank as its a struggle when I,ve to keep the like of derwent park and the Carnegie theatre going,prob for people to use that don't pay a penny,,,,,,,,,,then again allerdale love to spend other peoples money.
oh,i don't get any pension credits either.

Posted by cynical west cumbrian on 19 July 2013 at 07:53

Food banks are good for people who are really in need of them but some people go them in their car and leave their mobile phone in the car whilst they attend the food bank.
If they can run a car and mobile phones then they do not need a food bank.
No wonder the use of food banks is on the increase it is a way for the scroungers to get fed cheaply.

Posted by Andy on 14 July 2013 at 07:24

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