Feeding the 2,000 – a Holbeach miracle

Leaders and volunteers at Holbeach Community Larder at the town's Reading Rooms with foodbank coordinator Jane Francis, Sarah Walker, Linda Beverley-Stone, Sandra Palmers, vicar of Holbeach Rev Rosamund Seal and Jenny Worth.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Leaders and volunteers at Holbeach Community Larder at the town's Reading Rooms with foodbank coordinator Jane Francis, Sarah Walker, Linda Beverley-Stone, Sandra Palmers, vicar of Holbeach Rev Rosamund Seal and Jenny Worth. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Crisis-hit people from Holbeach used to have the dilemma of making either a five-mile trip to Long Sutton or an eight-mile ride to Spalding for help.

But that all changed in September 2013 when a five-month effort to make the vision of the then new vicar of Holbeach, Rev Rosamund Seal, a reality resulted in the launch of Holbeach Community Larder.

We have a wonderful team of approximately 30 volunteers who give up their time to help and, so far this year, we have cooked and provided more than 2,000 meals for old, vulnerable and hungry people

Jane Francis, coordinator of Holbeach Community Larder

The foodbank, community lunch provider and access point for Lincolnshire Credit Union, has now reached a milestone in time for this year’s Spalding Guardian Christmas Foodbank Appeal after serving its 2,000th meal to the elderly, vulnerable and hungry people of Holbeach.

Co-ordinator Jane Francis said: “We have a wonderful team of approximately 30 volunteers who give up their time to help and, so far this year, we have provided food parcels for 120 individuals and families.

“In addition, we have cooked and provided more than 2,000 meals for old, vulnerable and hungry people and, tomorrow, we will be cooking Christmas dinners for 50 people.

“As well as this, we will be delivering more than 40 Christmas hampers to those who need them.”

Generous supporters of Holbeach Community Larder have been encouraged to donate food and Christmas items, including mince pies, sponge puddings,biscuits, sweets and chocolate logs, to add to the hampers.

Jane said: “We have worked very closely with other local organisations such as Tesco Superstore, Holbeach, who allowed us to undertake food collections in conjunction with the charity Foodshare, which distributes food to those who will benefit the most

“We also want to say a special thank you to the vegetable market stall in Holbeach for all the fruit and vegetables donated and to Holbeach Bakery which supplies us with bread for the food parcels.”

Rev Seal added: “A wonderful thank you to all our volunteers who turn up week-by-week as it is because of them that Holbeach Community Larder has become so much more than just a foodbank and a place for a hot meal.”

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