Appeal for help as foodbank demand rises

The church that runs Agape Care Foodbank in Spalding has made a fresh appeal for donations as demand for help threatens to outstrip supply.

Stocks of milk, pasta, rice and puddings are starting to run down at the foodbank, based at The Lighthouse Church in Haverfield Road, as families struggle to cope with the cost of living.

At least 200 families were given food parcels as a result of our 2012 Christmas Food Appeal where the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian teamed up with the foodbank to ask South Holland residents for extra donations in December.

But a special report on child poverty published in the Free Press two weeks ago showed that donations to families in Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge alone had doubled in January and February compared to the same period last year.

Pastor Chas Sandhu, minister of The Lighthouse Church, said: “We’re really seeing an increase in demand for the foodbank because people are finding it very difficult to look after themselves financially and they are cutting back on the amount of food they buy.

“As a result, we’re running out of food because of the high demand and we’d really appreciate it if people could think of those who are struggling and who don’t have enough money to pay for what they need in their lives.

“We’re asking people to put a little bit extra in the foodbank collection points at Sainsbury’s, Spalding, and Morrisons, Pinchbeck, to help our community.”

Jeanne Sibley, foodbank centre manager at The Market House, Long Sutton, said: “We’re getting at least three or four requests a week for food parcels and because The Market House is open Monday to Friday, it’s not just local people who are coming but also people from Gosberton and Crowland.

“The numbers using the foodbank are definitely increasing and it’s brilliant that the Free Press is showing that the need is with us all year round.

“The food parcels are a real lifesaver but it seems likely that there will be an increase in demand with the new benefit changes coming in later this year.”