Something You Can Bank On This Christmas

Bring Christmas cheer to your community, by giving as well as receiving this year. 

At this time of year, most of us are starting Christmas shopping and looking forward to sitting down to Christmas dinner. But when so much is centred around receiving at Christmas, it can make many want to give something back.

With the recent rise in people using food banks, Carlisle Foodbank are appealing to local families and businesses to contribute what they can, in order to help everyone in their community have a happy Christmas.

Jean Gadman from Carlisle Foodbank, said: “As we all know, Christmas can be a difficult time for families and we are getting an increased number of families seeking help at Carlisle Foodbank. We have a need all year round, but it would be good to receive some luxury food items from local people at Christmas time.

“Our slogan is local food, for local people; everything goes to help local families.”

As well as the necessities required on a regular basis, the food bank is always grateful for donations of seasonal goods. Otherwise unaffordable, luxuries such as advent calendars, chocolate and children’s sweets, go a long way towards putting a smile on the faces of little ones this festive period. Christmas puds also go down a treat with the grown-ups, but they must be microwaveable.

Due to limited space, the food bank does not generally distribute toys, however, this year Bookends in Carlisle are running a ‘donate a book’ scheme. Members of the public can donate a brand new children’s book in store, which will be given out by Carlisle Foodbank at Christmas.

In the past, organisations have even arranged ‘reverse advent’ events, donating one item every day in the countdown to Christmas, Jean added: “We are always interested in partnering with companies that want to support us for a period of time. At present one such company is partnering with us for the year and they have organised various activities, as well as drop-off boxes in the staff rooms.”

The Carlisle Foodbank is also looking for volunteers to help with undertaking collections from Supermarkets, after-hours and at weekends.

For more information and to find your nearest drop-off point visit

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