Carlisle food bank volunteer -
A Carlisle food bank has issued an urgent plea for donations
Each Thursday, they gather up the food that they have and take it to families and individuals across the city.
But, they are now issuing an urgent plea for donations as they are struggling to provide this vital service.
Reverend Matt Martinson said: “We have been running a food bank here in the west of the city and we are literally at the point where we have no food to give out to people because we have just run low.
“At the moment, I really dread Wednesdays because I know if there is nothing there on a Thursday morning I am going to have to ring certain families to say ‘I’m really sorry but we have nothing'.”
It is a story echoed across the city with food banks, community hubs, and volunteer groups desperately trying to support those who need it most.
The church decided to set-up the food bank more than one year ago when it became clear that there was a significant number of people in the area who needed some kind of support.
“They were struggling, whether that be through money mismanagement or debts or drug and alcohol problems or council tax problems, rent problems, loss of jobs, all these kinds of things,” said Rev Martinson.
“When Covid hit, it just went through the roof with the amount of people that were furloughed and so forth.
“The thing is that as more and more people hear about us, the more people are actually coming to us and saying ‘can we ask for help?’ and they are genuine cases.”
The number of people that they find themselves supporting varies each week but it can sometimes reach high figures.
If people would like to donate food to the church’s food bank, they are looking for “absolutely anything” but tinned and dried food that can easily be kept for long period of time would be ideal.
Rev Martinson added: “They can either donate it here at Holy Trinity Church or they can donate it at St Luke’s church, St Barnabas church – any of them.
“Even if people want to donate and they can’t get it here, we will quite happily go and collect it."
You can call 07367 451061 to reach Rev Martinson to donate.
Activities - how the charity spends its money
Collection and distribution of food to those referred to the Carlisle Foodbank by recognised referrers
Income and expenditure
Data for financial year ending 05 April 2020
Total income: £152,809
Total expenditure: £128,136
Employees with total benefits over £60,000No employees have total benefits over £60k for this charity
This charity raises funds from the public but does not work with professional fundraisers or commercial participators.
This charity does not have any trading subsidiaries.
No trustees receive any remuneration, payments or benefits from the charity.
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Avanti West Coast supports Carlisle Foodbank
About Carlisle Foodbank
Carlisle Foodbank is run by a Board of Trustees who have a range of different backgrounds and are interdenominational. There is a part-time manager and many volunteers from across the area. We continue to rely on donations of time, money and food, and look to work together with local agencies, schools, and businesses to support people in crisis.
We support people through a referral system with local agency partners, and when donations are available we are able to provide for people with special dietary needs. We also tailor parcels for each family or person we provide for to make sure that it suits their needs as best we can. The food parcels are designed to last for three days.
About Avanti West Coast
Avanti West Coast, operator of intercity rail services on the West Coast Main Line, is a joint venture between FirstGroup and Trenitalia, delivering a cleaner, greener railway that drives the West Coast forward.
We’re on a mission to revolutionise train travel, linking together the towns and major cities of the UK to create an iconic railway the country can be proud of. We’ve got big plans including a fleet of new intercity trains, as well as the complete refurbishment of the existing Pendolino train fleet. We will introduce more train services every week with new routes added, and a much-improved onboard service with enhanced free Wi-Fi, plug sockets, 25,000 brand new seats and improved catering. Since 8 December, passengers have benefitted from improved passenger compensation, available for journeys delayed by just 15 minutes.
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Chefs at work; keeping social distancing measures and higher level hygiene protocols
S.H.I.N.E. (Support, Help in Nourishing Everyone) is a new food initiative started at the start of the COVID 19 Crisis in Brampton by a group of volunteers who wanted to help shine some light and help those struggling financially and physically during COVID 19. Although independent, S.H.I.N.E. is part of the Brampton Area Action Group (BAAG).
Working with Carlisle Food Bank,and Carlisle Meals on Wheels, S.H.I.N.E.s’ initial focus was to help get food parcels and meals to those in need in Brampton and the surrounding area. However, they quickly realised that as the crisis grew, more help to more people would be required. Especially those in isolation within more rural villages and hamlets unable to cook for themselves or who couldn’t afford the additional expense of a meal delivery service.
S.H.I.N.E. are lucky to have found two very experienced chefs on their doorstep. One of the chefs, Keri Tipler, moved with her family to Cumbria at the age of 2, settling just north of Walton before moving to Brampton over 20 years ago. “Cooking has been very much a part of my upbringing, from growing the produce to learning to cook with my Mum” said Keri. Keri’s initial career took her to London where she worked in event catering for a number of years. However, having developed a taste for travelling, living in Australia and Mexico, Keri headed to France to join the super yacht industry. For the last 10 years she’s worked on yachts ranging from 30m to 90m and more recently working as a private chef.
Keri’s work has taken her all over the world, but her home base is usually Antibes, in the south of France, where she has been unable to return due to Covid19 travel restrictions. “Luckily, visiting family when COVID 19 Crisis lockdown happened in France has allowed me to appreciate being back in Cumbria during spring, getting back out running and gardening. At the same time giving back to the community, using my professional skills volunteering for S.H.I.N.E. preparing hot and frozen meals to those who need a little extra help, has been really rewarding.”
Jake Evans, SHINE’s other chef, hadn’t thought of having a career in cooking until he started working at The Near Boot in Carlisle. “I was in sixth form and just wanted to earn some money to get me through university, however I found I was really enjoying cooking.” It was at that point Jake decided he didn’t want to follow an academic career but pursued his love of cooking taking a post at the Quarter Lounge and Lounge on the Green where he first started in fine dining. After that he moved to The Crown and Mitre for nearly a year. However, his love of fine dining has led Jake to take up his new role at Seaham Hall (5 AA Red Star hotel, 2 AA Rosette) in the North East where he has been working since November 2019. He loves the diversity stating that “… we do a range of food from simple sandwiches and buffets to afternoon teas and the fine dining restaurant.”
Mike Kane, the Manager of S.H.I.N.E. said that “The team had at the start of the COVID 19 Crisis concentrated working with Carlisle Food Bank and Carlisle Meals on Wheels, whilst ensuring DBS checks were in place along with getting a number of staff trained in food hygiene. SHINE is registered as a food business with Carlisle City Council and have management plans to ensure they are compliant with current COVID 19 regulations. It’s been a lot of work but it’s important that these measures are in place so the project is a sustainable one that can meet the needs of our community beyond the immediate COVID 19 Crisis.”
He went on to praise SHINE’s volunteer team of dedicated drivers who have been on hand from day one to deliver hot meals from Carlisle Meals on Wheels and Carlisle Food Bank parcels, together with administrators, baggers, IT specialists and others all working tirelessly to meet growing demands.
SHINE has also contacted the schools in the area to ensure families, who may be struggling through Covid 19 and the subsequent financial difficulties it brings, are able to get a helping hand if needed. Something that many of us would not have expected to be happening three months ago. Mike Kane also emphasised that the aim for the project is to provide a volunteer service in the community for the duration of the Covid 19 Crisis but also to continue into the future to meet the needs of communities in Brampton and Beyond for many years to come.
You can help to support the project by donating food, pet and hygiene products to S.H.I.N.E at Brampton Community Centre all day on Tuesday and Thursdays and on Saturday mornings. Monetary donations can be done by BACs transfer (sort code 60-83-01, Account No 20260451, Ref : Shine) or call the S.H.I.N.E. Help Desk on 01697927005 for further details.
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Nearly 200,000 People Still Lack Power Amid Snow, Subzero Temperatures Across Texas. Here’s How To Help
Amid freezing temperatures, nearly half a million Texans remained without power Thursday morning after a record-breaking winter storm pummeled the state’s power grid and left millions without access to heat and electricity. Houston’s Fire Chief Samuel Peña said on Thursday that carbon monoxide poisoning is at an “all-time high” as people attempt to warm themselves with generators, gas heating devices or cars in their garage.
Millions also face water disruption as numerous cities—including Houston, Austin, and San Antonio—are under boil water advisories, and some areas have lost access to running water entirely. Roads remained frozen, making travel dangerous and access to essential services difficult. The New York Timesreports that at least 31 people have died since the cold front arrived earlier this week.
As Texans struggle against the bitter cold, many organizations are calling for donations to help address the crisis. Others are calling for volunteers to help distribute critical supplies and transport those in need to warming stations if they feel safe doing so.
Here are some ways to help people suffering from the Texas power outages. (This list will continue to be updated.)
Where to donate money
Mutual aid organizations
Austin Mutual Aid: Austin’s mutual aid fund is raising money to help book hotel rooms—the price of which have skyrocketed in some areas—for city residents stranded without power or shelter amid freezing temperatures.
Feed The People Dallas: The Dalla-Fort Worth-based mutual aid organization is asking for both monetary donations and donations of critical supplies to help support those in need in marginalized communities. They’re also accepting volunteers if you’re nearby.
Para Mi Gente: This San Antonio-based mutual aid fund is accepting donations to help pay for health care needs, groceries, emergency housing and other supplies.
Rice Mutual Aid: This mutual aid fund organized by Rice students in Houston is accepting donations to help Rice community members in need.
Other local groups
The Austin Area Urban League: The local Austin area Urban League is accepting donations to help provide shelter and critical supplies to the housing insecure in the city.
Crowdsource Rescue: Founded amid the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, this volunteer-based nonprofit helps rescue Texans during national disasters and is currently working to help transport vulnerable people to safer locations and deliver needed supplies. The group accepts donations and well as volunteers.
Austin Disaster Relief: The Austin-area network of nearly 200 churches is accepting monetary donations to help provide supplies and shelter to those in need, and is asking for volunteers to help run and transport people to 24-hour Cold Weather Shelters.
Texas Jail Project: Aiming to “empower incarcerated people in county jails by lifting their voices through stories, testimonies, and community building.,” the Texas Jail Project has received reports from detainees in county jails allegedly without power or running water and is accepting donations to help pay for detainee’s phone calls and commissary purchases.
Free Lunch: This Austin-area group works to provide meals within the city’s Esperanza’s Community and is accepting monetary donations.
Christian Community Service Center: This Houston-area coalition of 39 churches has asked for food and monetary donations to help provide community members with food, rent, and utility bills.
The American Red Cross: The Red Cross of Central and South Texas is running shelters and warming centers across the state and accepts donations.
The Salvation Army: The religious organization is helping provide food, shelter and transportation to Texans and is asking for monetary donations as well as critical supplies like blankets and toiletries.
World Central Kitchen: Chef José Andrés’ organization World Central Kitchen is working to provide meals to those in need throughout Texas, including in Austin and Houston, and is accepting monetary donations and volunteers.
Episcopal Relief & Development: The relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church is helping provide shelter and resources to communities in the Houston, Waco, Austin and other areas.
Where to donate food and water
Feeding Texas: The network of Texas-based hunger relief organizations has a searchable database of local food banks you can donate to. Check to see what’s nearby.
Central Texas Food Bank: This food bank accepts food donations at one of its facilities or at one of its partner agencies. It also accepts monetary donations and volunteers.
Houston Food Bank: This Houston-area organization accepts monetary and food donations.
Funkytown Fridge: This organization runs three community fridges across Fort Worth and accepts food and cash donations.
Cloverleaf: This community fridge in Houston is also accepting monetary donations.
For even more options, Eater Austin, Eater Dallas and Eater Houston have compiled in-depth lists of local groups working to help feed people.
Where to donate supplies
Houseless Organizing Coalition: The coalition works with Houston’s houseless community and is asking for supply donations including tents, blankets, sleeping bags, water and food to distribute among the city’s houseless community.
SAFE: This Austin-area shelter that serves survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation and domestic abuse is asking for donations of drinking water, frozen pizzas, cold and hot cereal, and wipes to its Manor Road children’s shelter. It also takes monetary donations.
Austin Pets Alive: This Austin-based animal shelter is asking for donations of supplies including water, diesel fuel, gloves, hand warmers and flashlights be delivered its Town Lake Shelter. They also accept monetary donations.
Lucha Dallas: This Dallas-based organization is asking for donations of winter gear including jackets, hats, gloves, scarfs, and blankets. It’s also accepting monetary donations to help pay for hotel rooms for those in need.
Cooperation Denton: The Denton-area advocacy group is asking for material donations including batteries, flashlights, clothing and warm weather gear. It’s also accepting volunteers to help distribute supplies.
Front Steps: This Austin-area nonprofit is holding a drive to help provide blankets for the city’s houseless community.
Know of an organization that should be on this list? Email [email protected]
Write to Madeleine Carlisle at [email protected]
Mary Jane Myers, 81, of Shermans Dale, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2011, at her home. She was born on Wednesday, August 7, 1929, in Carlisle, and was the daughter of the late Grace Finkenbinder and the widow of Clair H. Myers, who died Nov. 16, 2003.
Mary Jane was a 1946
graduate of Carlisle High School. She had worked at the former Carlisle Food Market and retired as the Postmaster at the Shermans Dale Post Office after 30 years of service. She was a member of the Shermans Dale United Methodist Church and was a devoted contributor and volunteer at the Perry County Food Bank.
She is survived by three daughters; Margaret E. (and her husband, Robert) Heisner of Carlisle, Melanie A. Fetterhoff of Carlisle and Laurie E. Myers of Mechanicsburg, one son, Randall H. (and his wife, Deborah) Myers of Shermans Dale, six grandchildren; Michael Moll, Brian Myers, Ginger Keck, Stephanie Campbell and Heidi Fetterhoff and Holli Miller, 12 great-grandchildren and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 10 a.m. in the Shermans Dale United Methodist Church, 50 Windy Hill Rd., Shermans Dale, with Rev. N. Jeffrey Brewster officiating. Burial will be in Shermans Dale Presbyterian Cemetery. Viewing will be at the church on Tuesday from 6-8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of the services. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry County Food Bank, 300A South Carlisle St., New Bloomfield, PA 17068. Visit www.Since1853.com to send condolences. www.pennlive.com/obits
Published by Patriot-News on Jul. 24, 2011.
Carlisle Area Ride Service (CARS) is a free service provided by volunteers to low-income residents with limited access to transportation.
Since its launch in 2017, CARS has covered more than1,500 miles transporting over 100 clients to medical appointments, job interviews, Project Share (food bank), school meetings, career training services, and the Social Security and Welfare offices.
Over a period of a year and a half, these are just a few of our stories:
- We have taken many people to job interviews and helped them get back to work.
- We have helped a mother of four get food for her children from Project Share.
- We have helped a mother take her young son to counseling, every week for over a year and saved them from walking 5 miles round trip.
- We have brought home from hospital two mothers and their babies a day after delivering.
- We have helped women and their children from the Domestic Violence Shelter re-settle in Carlisle.
- We have helped people get to the pharmacy to get their medications.
- We have helped numerous people get connected with Rabbit Transit so they can get free medical rides they were eligible for but did not know.
- We have helped three riders get to the clinic in Camp Hill so they can get treatment for their opioid addiction.
- We have helped a woman experiencing homelessness get to an apartment in Shippensburg.
- We have helped a veteran get to various appointments that assisted in finding him housing in Perry County.
CARS volunteer drivers, mostly retirees, are dedicated to help ensure that lack of transportation is not a barrier to good health, wellbeing and success. Local social service organizations (including Community CARES, Domestic Violence, Safe Harbor, Salvation Army, Career Link, and Cumberland County Housing) have referred their clients to CARS for transportation support.