CLUB: Foodbank collection ahead of the Northampton game

We are holding a food and Christmas gift collection in the run up to the home game with Northampton Town on Saturday 16 December.

The club, CUOSC and Carlisle United Community Sports Trust are all working together to make things a little better for those less fortunate in our community.

Donations will be collected and handed over to CARLISLE FOODBANK, AFFORDABLE FOOD HUB and 108 MEAL BANK who provide food and support for people in crisis.

Previous collections have always been well supported and we are hoping this one will be no different. 

Donations can be made at the Study Centre at Brunton Park from 1pm until 2.30pm on the day of the game, where CUOSC volunteers will collect items.

If you can’t make that, the club is also accepting donations from Tuesday 12 December 2023 until 5pm on Friday 15 December 2023 at the ticket office upstairs in the Andrew Jenkins Stand sponsored by Pioneer Foodservice or in the Blues store on Warwick Road.

Please help if you can, every donation makes a difference.

Items welcome include:

Milk (UHT or powdered), Small Sugar (500g), Long Life Fruit Juice (carton), Packet Soup, Pasta Sauces (tin, jar or packet), Sponge Pudding (tinned), Custard (tinned or packet instant),Tomatoes, (tinned), Breakfast Cereals, Rice Pudding (tinned), Small Box Tea Bags/Small Instant Coffee, Instant Mashed Potato, Tinned Meat/Fish, Tinned Fruit and Vegetables, Tinned Spaghetti, Tinned Ravioli, Jam/Marmalade, Biscuits or Snack Bars, Pot Noodles, Toiletries such as toilet roll, deodorant, shampoo, soap, nappies, baby wipes and household cleaning products. Granulated sugar, Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate Cocoa Powder, Juice to dilute, Pasta - eg Fusilli Pasta twists, Easy cook Rice, Jar Pasta sauce, Jar Curry sauce, Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce, Soup, Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce, Hot Dogs in Brine 400G, Ready Serve Custard, Part baked bread rolls / baguettes, Mince pies, Biscuits, Chocolate mini rolls, Crisps, Pringles, Shower Gel, Hand Wash, Ladies’ sanitary products, toiletries, toilet roll, deodorant, shampoo, soap, nappies, baby wipes and general household cleaning products.

Children’s Gift ideas - practical gift (clothing and toy) Practical item eg Hat / Scarf gloves or Pyjamas or Sweatshirt / Hoodies. Babies – Baby grows / vests / hats / sweatshirts / hoodies. Toy Ideas Jigsaws/ puzzles/ Stationary sets / Books / Craft sets - decorate your own bag / Lego. Older girls - nail varnish/ purses/cosmetic bags/ Nice smellies. Older boys – football/ World Guinness book / Board games/ Uno / Lynx set

Carlisle Foodbank

Click HERE for more information on Carlisle Foodbank

Affordable Food Hub

Click HERE for more information

108 Meal bank at the Hebron Evangelical church

Click HERE for more information. 

Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens said: “The club and fans can make big difference to help others in our community. We appeal to fans for support to help if they can. Every single donation, however small, is appreciated.”

Matt Spooner from CUOSC, said: "We always want to play our part and help our community and we always welcome the fantastic support fans always give. Last year we were truly overwhelmed with the number of items generously donated from fans and local businesses.”

Teresa Mulholland, from Carlisle United Community Sports Trust, said: “Once again we will be supporting the 108-meal bank by volunteering, helping alongside other volunteers to provide a good meal, in a safe place, with volunteers eager to listen and help anyone who needs respite. 

"As well as this, we will be helping with their Christmas Hamper appeal, working alongside the church, social services, and local authority health visitors to identify families in need and provide them with a festive hamper filled with groceries and toys. We will also be helping Affordable Food Hub to deliver food and gifts to families in need in the community, and collect much needed food donations for their community food hub.”

Every donation of tinned or long-life food - no matter how big or small - is valuable, but the Foodbank is always in need of UHT or powdered milk, and toiletries, nappies, baby wipes and household cleaning products would also be appreciated.

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