Be a tearjerker with love in Long Sutton

Agapecare Foodbank volunteers and church leaders at The Market House, Long Sutton, for this year's  Christmas Foodbank Appeal include (back) Pauline Dickinson, Rev Nic Hasnip, Father Jonathan Sibley, Jeanne Sibley, Steve Kattner, (front) Anne Thompson and Angela Reeve.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Agapecare Foodbank volunteers and church leaders at The Market House, Long Sutton, for this year's Christmas Foodbank Appeal include (back) Pauline Dickinson, Rev Nic Hasnip, Father Jonathan Sibley, Jeanne Sibley, Steve Kattner, (front) Anne Thompson and Angela Reeve. Photo by Tim Wilson.

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Agapecare Foodbank’s centre in Long Sutton celebrates its fourth anniversary next month, with the need as great as ever.

Volunteers gave out 110 food parcels last year to individuals and families left broken by unemployment, bereavement, personal debt, family breakdown and welfare payment delays.

During these hard economic times, this service is continuing to be a valuable resource for those in need in the Long Sutton area and the community here is very supportive

Jeanne Sibley, centre manager at The Market House, Long Sutton

The Spalding Guardian is supporting Agapecare Foodbank, Long Sutton, for the fourth successive year as its staff makes Christmas special for people in very real need of a friendly face and helping hand at their lowest point.

Jeanne Sibley, centre manager at The Market House, Long Sutton, where the foodbank is based, said: “We continue to be an important access for Agapcare Foodbank and our volunteers collect food at The Market House reception, later taking it to the Spalding centre where we collect food parcels ready to be given to those in need.

“During these hard economic times, this service is continuing to be a valuable resource for those in need in the Long Sutton area and the community here is very supportive, donating large quantities of food for those in need.

“This year, The Market House is collecting items for Christmas as usual and volunteers from the local community will be going out to deliver Christmas food parcels as we did last year.“

Along with foodbanks in Deeping St James, Holbeach, Spalding, Sutterton and Sutton Bridge, seasonal items such as mince pies, selection boxes, chocolate logs, cranberry sauce and Christmas puddings are needed, alongside the more regular food donations made throughout the year.

Jeanne said: “It’s important for The Market House to be a part of the Spalding Guardian’s Christmas Foodbank Appeal every year as its services are very well used.

”We gave out 110 food parcels in the area last year and officers from Agapecare Foodbank have spoken at harvest festivals about how we’re supplying regular amounts of food to those in need.

“This is an essential community service for the community of Long Sutton and some people who received food parcels were overwhelmed, openly weeping on their doorstep with relief and joy which made us feel privileged to have been of help.”

There are more places than ever where you can leave a donation which could make all the difference to desperate people in South Holland and the Depeings.

In Spalding, you can bring food and Christmas items to the Spalding Guardian offices in The Crescent, Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, Sheep Market, Spalding Travel, Swan Street, and St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Halmergate.

In Holbeach, donation points are All Saints Church, High Street, and the Reading Rooms, Church Street, on Fridays between 10am and 1pm.

In Long Sutton, The Market House reception is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am till 4pm, and you can also use St Mary’s Church.

Meanwhile, readers in Sutton Bridge can go to St Matthew’s Church, Bridge Road, donations for Sutterton Foodbank can be left at St Mary’s Church, Station Street, Sutterton.

For the Deepings, you can bring donations to The Deepings School, where the foodbank is based, Priory Church, Deeping St James, and St Guthlac’s Church, Church Street. Market Deeping.

You can also donate inside Sainsbury’s, Spalding, and Morrison’s in Pinchbeck.

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