CONTROVERSIAL Red Lion Quarter Food Court is to reopen – as home to the South Holland Agape Care Foodbank.
The court closed in October after a troubled six months which saw the business continue to lose money.
But it has now been given a new lease of life after bosses agreed to let the foodbank project use it rent-free until May as a collection and storage point for the food it needs to help people in crisis.
And the generous gesture has been welcomed by project manager Paul Walker, who said: “I am thrilled that South Holland District Council has come forward to give us this fantastic opportunity in support of the project and local people.
“Our current facility at the Lighthouse Church is so choc-a-bloc with donated items, including our Christmas collections, that we were getting to a situation where we didn’t have enough space to sort everything out.
“This will enable us to have the necessary space and continue to take in more stock.”
The foodbank will be handing out hampers in the run-up to Chrsitmas to help those who othrwise would be looking at a miserable festive season.
District council deputy leader Coun Nick Worth said: “I am delighted we have been able to help with the foodbank project by using existing space at the Red Lion Quarter.
“Agape Care Foodbank has done a brilliant job and it is a very worthy cause that will make Christmas very special for those most in need.
“I am very pleased we have been able to provide this to enable this vital service to happen.”