Upper Eden Foodbank

The Upper Eden Foodbank has now been running for four years. 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 (Fridays 11 - 12 noon) and The Sands Appleby (Tuesday 10 - 10.30am) as well as donations from other churches, organisations and individuals throughout the area. 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.

The new Co-op Community fund presently donates funds to the foobank from their Kirkby Stephen branch. This support has helped the foodbank in their move of premises, food now being stored at The Sands, Appleby.

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 are also accessed from Kirkby Stephen Appleby, and Brough.

Since the foodbank started it has fed over a thousand people, and in the months September to November 2016 there have been 47 people who have been given food parcels, 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.