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Holiday Lunch Packs scheme

The North Lakes Foodbank Holiday LunchPacks Scheme started in 2015 to help fill the gap left by the absence of free school lunches during the school summer holidays. We worked in partnership with Sellafield Power Station to fundraise and collect food for the lunch packs, and activity sheets based on Bible stories were created to go with the packs, with colouring pencils generously donated by Cumberland Pencil Factory.


Since 2015 the scheme has developed and is now available in the Christmas and Easter holidays as well as the summer holidays. The Foodbank's Schools Worker now produces the activity packs, and donations of Easter eggs, advent calendars, toys and books from local individuals and businesses go out with the packs. During the Covid pandemic North Lakes Foodbank was able to expand the scheme to include secondary school pupils and we now help around 400 families in West Cumberland every school holiday.

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Key HLP information

Key dates and information for summer


  • One LunchPack is for 2 weeks. The summer holidays are split into 3 lots of 2 weeks:
  • Fortnight 1: Monday 22nd July until Friday 2nd August
  • Fortnight 2: Monday 5th August until Friday 16th August
  • Fortnight 3: Monday 19th August until Friday 30th August.​
You cannot collect missed weeks' LunchPacks.
  • Holiday LunchPacks can be collected from one of our Foodbank centres or a satellite centre. You can find opening times below.
  • Please bring the voucher received from your child's school when collecting the LunchPack. If you do not present a voucher, you will not receive any food gift cards.
  • If this is your first visit with this scheme, please where possible bring proof of name and address.
  • You will be collecting 2 weeks' worth of LunchPacks. Please bring carrier bags to take all items home.
  • If your child has any dietary needs, please make this known to a Foodbank volunteer at the centre who may be able to offer you substitute items (available only at Foodbank centres).
  • If you are collecting from a satellite centre, you will receive food LunchPacks only.

Centre opening times for summer 2024


Client notice: We do not offer a delivery scheme. Please arrange to collect the food packs from the centre during the opening times below.

HLP opening times


Lorton St Methodist Church
Lorton St
CA13 9RH

Tuesday:  10am - 12pm

Friday: 10am - 12pm

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New Life Church

24 Irish St


CA28 7BY

Monday: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Tuesday: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Thursday: 11:30am - 1:30pm

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The Hub
The Meeting Place
CA22 2DR

Tuesday:  1pm - 3pm
Friday: 1pm - 3pm

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Cornerstone Methodist Church

50 High St



Tuesday: 10am - 12pm

Friday: 10am - 12pm

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St Mary's Church

Netherhall Corner

CA15 6LL

Tuesday: 12pm - 2pm

Thursday: 12pm - 2pm

Friday: 4pm - 6pm

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The Bridge Centre
Central Square

CA14 3BG

Monday: 12pm - 2pm

Wednesday: 12pm - 2pm

Friday: 12pm - 2pm

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Satellite opening times for
summer 2024


Aspatria - Dreamscheme

Rainbow Rooms, King St, Aspatria, 
Wigton CA7 3ES

Monday 22nd July

11am - 1pm

Monday 5th August
11am - 1pm

Monday 19th August
11am - 1pm

St. John’s Church, Church Lane, 
Keswick CA12 4DD

Monday 22nd July
10am - 11am

Monday 5th August
10am - 11am

Monday 19th August
10am - 11am
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