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More than 6,000 meals handed out to people in need

More than 6,000 meals have been handed out by the Salvation Army in Penrith since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the first national lockdown came into force in March last year,  the team has provided more than 6,000 three-course meals or tea and treat bags.

The community foodbank has supported more than 1,200 families with requests for food, toiletries, electricity and gas costs and cleaning products.

The Salvation Army said some weeks had seen demand triple.

As part of the church and charity’s Christmas Present Appeal, they provided more than 120 Christmas hampers filled with gifts and food for struggling families.

Leader of The Salvation Army in Penrith, Major Carole Donaldson, who runs the church with her husband Major Alan, said: “Throughout Advent our Christmas appeal has once again received fantastic support, enabling us to fulfil requests providing food and treat hampers, toys and gifts for the vulnerable.

“We are truly overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of support we receive.

“To everyone who has donated financially or volunteered, transported, cooked cleaned, prayed and encouraged us, we say thank you and God Bless. Together we have helped thousands of people and this work continues.

“During this third lockdown, we are striving to remain open and kindly ask for understanding as things may take us a little longer during this time.”

Those who need support can request it via their referral agent or contact the church office directly on 01768 866732.