A community centre in Millom has been given an award for the work it does in providing free food for the area.

The Millom Network Centre was recognised as part of the Kinder Kind of Kitchen initiative, which is organised by The Cumberland in partnership with FareShare.

The award was given for the centre's food pantry, which has recently been transformed into the Community Food Shop.

Sue Dust, the office manager at the centre, said: "We were delighted and proud to receive this award which was awarded from FareShare for our work, which has now evolved into our MNC Community Food Shop.

"The shop has enabled us to reach the whole of our community to help their budgets spread that little bit further during the cost of living crisis."

The Mail: The award will now sit pride of place at the centreThe award will now sit pride of place at the centre (Image: Sue Dust)

In November, a ‘Celebration of Kindness’ event was held in Penrith with local celebrity Helen Skelton leading the praise for food projects in the region.

The team at the MNC were unable to attend, which was why they were only able to get their hands on the award on Tuesday.

Read more: Helen Skelton leads praise for south Cumbria foodbanks | The Mail (nwemail.co.uk)

"Sadly Angela Dixon, our CEO, was unable to attend due to family commitments, so in the vast scheme of things it was largely forgotten about," Sue explained.

"That's not to say that it was dismissed or undervalued but given the nature of our charity, the community comes first and foremost."

Recently the centre showed off its values when it delivered over 90 meals to stranded residents during the severe snow storm in December.

Read more: Millom centre makes and delivers meals for isolated people | The Mail (nwemail.co.uk)

Sue described how the award proves that what the centre does is worthwhile and an important factor in keeping the community of Millom running.

She added: "We do not take any awards or recognition lightly as it reinforces that we are doing things right and helping those who need us."