Foodbank’s success leads to expansion

New venture at Market House: Back (from left) ' Father Jonathon Sibley, centre manager Jeanne Sibley, Market House trustee Mike Robinson; front ' Agape Care Foodbank project manager Paul Walker and Lighthouse Church pastor Chas Sandhu.
New venture at Market House: Back (from left) ' Father Jonathon Sibley, centre manager Jeanne Sibley, Market House trustee Mike Robinson; front ' Agape Care Foodbank project manager Paul Walker and Lighthouse Church pastor Chas Sandhu.

VOLUNTEERS at a foodbank in Spalding are celebrating six months of growing success by opening a satellite depot in Long Sutton.

From this week, families and individuals in need will be able to claim Agape Care Foodbank’s three-day emergency food parcels from Market House.

The foodbank has branched out after realising how those using the service were struggling to travel to Spalding.

Project manager Paul Walker said one client walked a mile-and-a-half further along their bus route to save £1.20 after suffering a dramatic drop in income.

Mr Walker said: “We have been aware that there has been a problem for clients coming into Spalding and have been looking for a suitable venue to act as our satellite depot in Long Sutton.

“The Market House will now allow us to access more clients in the Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge and Holbeach area without the need to travel into Spalding.”

The foodbank will operate on the same principle as its base on Haverfield Road in Spalding.

Vouchers are issued by one of the 38 agencies working alongside the foodbank to those in need.

The voucher is then exchanged for the three-day food parcel, which includes a range of dried and tinned goods.

The service will be available in Market House, on Market Street, from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Jeanne Sibley, development and centre manager for Market House, said: “We are excited at the foodbank coming to the Market House, and have seen the foodbank grow in popularity and wish to be a part of its success story.

“The Market House was set up to be used by the community and the foodbank fits nicely into our portfolio of groups that use it week on week.”

More than 400 people have been given a helping hand by the Agape Care Foodbank since it opened.

l See this Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for details of how you can help the Agape Care Foodbank make a difference to those in need this Christmas.