Cash boost to help Holbeach Community Larder keep up its vital work

Holbeach Community Larder volunteers pictured in November, from left:  Jane Francis, Sarah Walker, Linda Beverley-Stone, Sandra Palmers, Rev Rosamund Seal and Jenny Worth.
Holbeach Community Larder volunteers pictured in November, from left: Jane Francis, Sarah Walker, Linda Beverley-Stone, Sandra Palmers, Rev Rosamund Seal and Jenny Worth.

Volunteers at a community foodbank are celebrating after a £3,500 cash boost which will help them continue their wonderful work.

Holbeach Community Larder has been awarded a grant of £3,500 from the Bishop of Lincoln’s Social Justice Fund administered by the Lincolnshire Community Foundation.

The cash will fund the purchase of further storage facilities for donated food items which are used to make up food parcels for those in need.

It will also be used to fund a contribution towards the purchase of new tables and tablecloths for the café and the purchase of better outdoor signage and towards some of the ongoing running costs.

The Community Larder is open every Friday from 11am to 2pm in the Reading Rooms on Church Street, Holbeach, for the distribution of food parcels – either on production of a voucher issued by partner organisations, or by other evidence of need.

The Larder also runs a café which serves a cooked two-course meal between noon and 1pm every Friday to all comers.

There is no charge for this meal but they invite all who come to donate whatever they can afford or feel that the meal is worth – all donations help fund the catering and the hire of the Reading Rooms and currently 40 to 50 people are fed each week.

Rev Rosamund Seal, of the Community Larder, said: “We are very pleased to have this grant which will enable us to continue to provide this all-important facility to those in need in Holbeach and the surrounding area.

“The award also serves as a huge encouragement to the 25 volunteers who regularly help with the many aspects of running and staffing the foodbank, the store room, the kitchen and the café.

“The Community Larder is also very grateful for the continued support from Holbeach Tesco, who most recently provided us with a number of frozen ready meals which were surplus to their requirements in the staff canteen.

“And to Marks and Spencers in Spalding who donate all their left over reduced to sell items and end of lines every Thursday evening which we can use the following day.

“We are particularly grateful for their bread which we can freeze and put in food parcels alongside all the tinned and dried food items.”

In exceptional circumstances food parcels can be issued outside session times by contacting the administrator, Jane Francis, on 01406 425601, or Rev Rosamund Seal on 01406 424989.

Couple had not eaten properly for three days

Recently, the Community Larder helped a young couple, both in poor health, who had been 
unable to access any benefits and had not eaten properly for three days.

They were brought along by their landlord who had been supporting them from her own resources and had called the Larder in desperation.

Volunteers have also recently provided a family food parcel for a family of six who were made suddenly homeless due to domestic violence.

They have also provided food and toiletries for a single father who had to give up work to care for his toddler and who had not had his benefits claim processed for over six weeks.