Bourne legacy as foodbank helps hundreds

Volunteers at Bourne Foodbank based at the town's United Reformed Church on Eastgate.
Volunteers at Bourne Foodbank based at the town's United Reformed Church on Eastgate.

Families and individuals at breaking point in Bourne this Christmas can thank church leaders in the town for a foodbank which can give them a festive lifeline.

Volunteers recruited by Churches Together in Bourne, made up of Baptist, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Church of England and Salvation Army groups, have helped about 230 people since the foodbank opened at Bourne United Reformed Church in May.

But now it is bracing itself for an influx of desperate people looking for food to eat this Christmas which is why the Spalding Guardian is joining Bourne and other foodbanks in South Holland and The Deepings for this year’s Christmas Appeal.

Pastor Andy McManus, of Churches Together in Bourne, said: “We recognised that there were families in our area with nothing to eat and since May we’ve had four families coming to us each time we’ve been open on Tuesdays from 1pm until 3pm and Fridays between 9.30am and 11.30am.

“People stay for about 20 minutes, we give them a food parcel and then we act as a signpost for other groups and organisations that can help them.

“The foodbank is well set-up, well-run and it seems to be holding its own.”