Food projects in South Cumbria

Volunteers who work at south Cumbrian food projects to provide meals for those struggling with the cost of living were among those being praised by Helen Skelton.

They included projects in Grange, Kendal, Ulverston, Barrow, Flookburgh, Cartmel, Staveley and Witherslack.

Rahina Borthwick, of the Grange Foodshare project, said: “It was a lovely, lovely event to celebrate the work everyone does.

“The staff and volunteers I brought with me were delighted. It was a big treat for them and a nice night out especially lovely to see all the other groups who work on food poverty.

“It was a real celebration. I am very honoured and very surprised - the plaque will take pride of place in our Christmas window.”

Also receiving a plaque last night to recognise their work in the community were: The Grub Hub in Barrow, Waste Not Want Not (Cartmel), Dazzle for Children (Barrow), the Bendrigg Trust, Waste into Wellbeing (Kendal), Zero Waste Sedbergh, Friends of Dean Barwick Primary School, Staveley with Ings Together, Flookburgh Community Food Club, Allithwaite Food Club and the Ulverston Food Project.

Claire Deekes, chief customer officer for The Cumberland, said: “It has been an honour for The Cumberland to host this celebration event for these amazing people.

“The volunteers work tirelessly to support their communities to provide food to as many people as possible.
“They are truly inspirational. Thanks to everyone in this room, the equivalent of over 217,000 meals have been supplied to people in our communities since the launch of the Kinder Kind of Kitchen initiative in June.”