As more people struggle with the cost of living, food banks are struggling to keep up with demand.

Carlisle food bank have teamed up with the BanktheFood free charity-run app to help increase and encourage people to make donations to the food bank.

The app sends a push notification of the most needed items every time the food bank runs low on essentials.

The app will even send a list of what’s urgently needed on arrival at the local supermarket, enabling shoppers to pick up a few extra items and donate at the local donation station.

Many food banks also need pet food, toiletries and personal hygiene products; some will look to collect Christmas crackers and small toys as gifts for children over the festive period.

Stephanie Humes, manager of Carlisle Foodbank said: “We are so busy at the moment seeing more new families struggling with the current crisis.

“They are all so grateful for what they receive. We have some amazing regular donors who use the app.

“Bankthefood was a gap we didn't realize we were missing, and we could not be without it”

Carlisle Foodbank is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and located in Tower Court, West Tower Street.


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