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In Ken Loach’s award-winning film I, Daniel Blake, mum-of-two Katie’s efforts to feed her children instead of herself finally takes its toll.

Katie desperately tears open a tin of baked beans and pours a handful out to eat before breaking down with the words “I feel like I’m going under”.

Even though we all suffer disasters in life, those who are particularly struggling are helped out of it by the generosity and decency of others

South Holland and the Deepings MP, John Hayes

The only people who know whether such desperation has been seen in foodbanks centres across South Holland, Sutterton and the Deepings are the faithful volunteers who serve the crisis-hit individuals and families visiting them.

Irene Davies, co-ordinator of Agapecare Foodbank in Spalding, said: “Last year, we had a letter from parents who told their children that it would either have to be coal or presents for Christmas.

“But because the foodbank was able to give the family a food parcel which had presents in for the children, the parents were able to buy the coal, whilst the children had their presents as well.

“The children were overjoyed and ever so grateful to get a food and gift parcel from us.”

A collection for the work of Agapecare Foodbank, based at The Lighthouse Church, Spalding, took place during an Advent Sunday service at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Gosberton, on Sunday.

The service was led by the Vicar of Gosberton, the Rev Ian Walters, and attended by South Holland and the Deepings MP, John Hayes who said: “The foodbank does important work and it’s right that the fortunate should do things for the less fortunate.

“Even though we all suffer disasters in life, those who are particularly struggling are helped out of it by the generosity and decency of others.”

You can take donations of festive food to The Market House, Market Street, Long Sutton; The Lighthouse Church, Haverfield Road, Spalding; St Matthew’s Church, Sutton Bridge; All Saints’ Church, Holbeach, and St Mary’s Church, Sutterton.

Food donations are also being accepted at churches across South Holland and the Deepings, as well as Sainsbury’s, Winfrey Avenue, Spalding, Morrisons, Wardentree Lane, Pinchbeck, and The Deepings School, Park Road, Deeping St James.

Guardian readers can also bring donations to our office at Priory House in The Crescent, Spalding, where you can ring the bell above the side door to the left of our main reception.