In these uncertain times, many people are struggling to make ends meet, including people who may never have needed help before. Replicating initiatives that are popping up across the country The Community Cupboard has been set up for those in Kirkby Lonsdale and surrounding communities.
The Community Cupboard enables our community to support each other, as summed up in our motto “Bring what you can, take what you need”. Our mission is to alleviate food poverty, period poverty and reduce food waste. Our values are to be respectful of all, maintaining confidentiality and dignity at all times.
The Community Cupboard is supported by the Kirkby Lonsdale Community Hub, Cumbria County Council, Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council, Churches in Lunesdale and local schools and businesses.
The Community Cupboard will officially open from Monday 18th May, when we will be delivering food parcels in and around the town. In the near future we intend for The Community Cupboard to be open at specific times during the week so that you can come in person and pick up what you need, subject of course to social distancing measures.
The Community Cupboard is located in the Lunesdale Sports Centre, off Kendal Road at the back of Queen Elizabeth School astroturf pitch and next to the new housing estate of Oakfield. Parking available outside.
The Cupboard also aims to tackle Period Poverty. Period Poverty is a growing issue for girls and young women, especially in the current crisis. Whilst schools remain closed there is no easy access to free sanitary supplies. That’s why Cumbria County Council and South Lakeland District Council are working collaboratively to make sure free sanitary products are available for those who need. These will be available from The Cupboard from early next week (14th May) onwards and also after the schools go back from QES and St Mary’s Primary school students.
To manage the volume of need – as yet unknown – and to keep volunteers and households safe, it is necessary to register by filling out a form on the website https://klcommunity.co.uk/
Alternatively, call The Hub on 015242 36404 (open daily from 10:00 – 16:00) and they will register your over the phone.
Confidentiality will be respected, and deliveries made anonymously. An individual reference number will be applied to your first request, which you can use for future requests