About Upper Eden FoodBank
The Upper Eden Foodbank has been running since 2013. It has representatives from both Methodists and Anglicans on the Management Committee. The foodbank supplies food parcels to needy individuals and families within the Kirkby Stephen, Appleby and Tebay areas, extending to Penrith.
There are food collection points on a weekly basis at St Lawrence’s Church Appleby (Friday 11 am to 12 ) and The Sands Appleby (Tuesday 10 – 10.30 am) as well as donations from other churches, organisations and individuals throughout the area. ( See ‘Give Help’ page for all donation points) Many chapels and schools are very generous, particularly at Harvest Festivals and Christmas. The Environment Agency collect on a regular basis for the foodbank, and the local Co-op supermarkets have been long term supporters.
We are very grateful for the help from The Co-op Community fund, which has recently donated funds to the foodbank from their Kirkby Stephen branch and currently is doing so from the Appleby Branch. This support has helped the foodbank in their move of premises, (food now being stored at The Sands, Appleby) and with on going running costs, eg phone, website and storage equipment.
The foodbank continues to receive referrals from welfare organisations, ranging from health services, housing providers, social services and the Citizens Advice Bureau amongst others. It is noticeable that there is an increase in referrals during school holidays, when children who would normally receive free school meals are at home.
There are four volunteers who participate in a weekly rota to answer calls from agencies requesting food for their clients. In addition we run with the help of a number of people and organisations who agree to house food parcels and oversee delivery to people in need. We are particularly appreciative of the help from Eden Housing Association who store a larger number of food parcels and are used as a collection point on the most regular basis. Parcels can also be accessed from Kirkby Stephen and Appleby.
Since the foodbank started it has fed over a thousand people, and in 2017 there were 364 people who were given food, having been referred by welfare and support organisations. This is only possible due to the generosity of many people.
If you need more information or would like to offer your support, please contact the foodbank, telephone number 07596 690 902.