Foodbank theft has ‘targeted the vulnerable’ in South Holland

Pastor Chas Sandhu, senior minister of The Lighthouse Church, Spalding, next to shelves stripped of food supplies for Agapecare Foodbank after thieves broke in on Sunday night.
Pastor Chas Sandhu, senior minister of The Lighthouse Church, Spalding, next to shelves stripped of food supplies for Agapecare Foodbank after thieves broke in on Sunday night.

Agapecare Foodbank staff in Spalding are in disbelief after thieves had the “audacity” to break in and steal tinned food donated specially for the needy.

The culprits smashed the windows of a storeroom outside The Lighthouse Church, Haverfield Road, Spalding, where the foodbank is based, then climbed in and helped themselves to at least 250 tins of soup, pasta, beans and vegetables.

It’s a sad time when someone has the audacity to break in and take food that has been donated by people in this town

Pastor Chas Sandhu, minister at The Lighthouse Church, Spalding

Pastor Chas Sandhu, minister at The Lighthouse Church, claimed the break-in happened on Sunday night when no church services were taking place.

Mr Sandhu said: “I noticed the windows were smashed on Monday morning and that about four or five crates of food were missing, with 50 tins in each crate.

“It’s a bit disappointing that people have resorted to breaking the windows of a shed to get in and take crates of food meant for people who genuinely need it.

“Someone tried to break in through the doors of the foodbank three weeks ago, so it’s a sad time when someone has the audacity to break in and take food that has been donated by people in this town.”

The theft of food from Agapecare Foodbank, based at The Lighthouse Church, Spalding, means volunteers will have to buy extra supplies and church leaders stepping up security at The Lighthouse Church.

Foodbank co-ordinator Irene Davies said: “I think it’s just a selfish act and some of the food taken was what we don’t have much of.

“I feel especially for those who donated because for them to think that it’s not going to the right people is very disappointing.

“It’s a sad indictment on the people who did it because they know this food goes to the people who need it most, so they’ve targeted the most vulnerable.

“If they needed help, all they had to do was ask.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 141 of March 7.

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