Our foodbank works using a voucher referral system. Find out more about how we work.
We know that anyone can find themselves at crisis point for a number of different reasons.
In order to provide the most appropriate help for the circumstances of your situation we work with local agencies. If they feel you are struggling to put food on the table, they will issue you with a foodbank voucher. The local agency can also provide long term support if needed to help address some of the issues behind the reasons for your crisis. If you are not getting help to resolve your reason for using the foodbank, then please contact the council for advice on 01228 221100.
Our foodbank works with a number of different agencies, such as Citizens Advice, children’s centres and health visitors. To find out more about the agencies that hold our vouchers and how you can get help, please contact us.
When you visit a referral agency they will take some basic details from you to complete the voucher. This will help them to identify the cause of your crisis and offer practical guidance. It also means we are able to prepare suitable emergency food for the right number of people.
If you are in need of a voucher and are not working with any other agency, then phone the Cumbria County Council Welfare Team on 01229 221100 and if you are eligible they will send you a voucher by first class post and you can redeem it at the foodbank.
If you are a referral agency and would like to become a registered voucher holder for our foodbank, please contact us to find out more.