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 people finding themselves in financial difficulty within the Kirkby Stephen, Appleby , Tebay and Shap area, including the smaller villages nearby.
There are food collection points on a weekly basis outside The Sands Chapel, Appleby (Tuesday 10 – 10.30 am and Friday 11 to 12) Donations also come 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 local Co-op supermarkets have been long term supporters of the Food Bank, and more recently The Spar shops in Kirkby Stephen have placed donation boxes in their stores.
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. The current situation re the Covid Virus has obviously caused financial problems for many people and during the summer The Food Bank had a scheme to help those with children at home and not being able to have their usual school meals.
There are four volunteers who participate in a fortnightly 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, if it is needed.
The food bank could not operate without the generosity of many people and we are extremely grateful to everyone who supports us.
If you need more information or would like to offer your support, please contact the foodbank, telephone number 07596 690 902.