From small beginnings to a help in need

Holbeach Community Larder at the Reading Rooms, Church Street, Holbeach, where volunteers are Eileen Horgan, Joe Edwards, David Collins and Rev Rosamund Seal.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Holbeach Community Larder at the Reading Rooms, Church Street, Holbeach, where volunteers are Eileen Horgan, Joe Edwards, David Collins and Rev Rosamund Seal. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Holbeach Community Larder has a lot to celebrate at the same time as this year’s Spalding Guardian Christmas Foodbank Appeal reaches a critical phase.

Just as the last of this year’s harvest festival donations are given to churches in Holbeach, the area’s foodbank has been awarded a £2,000 gift from Lloyds Bank.

The cash gift was the result of people voting online for deserving causes to benefit from the bank’s Community fund.

Jane Francis, trustee of Holbeach Community Larder, said: “We started off very small but it has grown because the community has just taken it to their hearts and supported it.

“We have received a number of grants that have enabled is to upgrade our catering facilities and we are now able to operate as a foodbank, community cafe and access point for Lincolnshire Credit Union.”

Since the foodbank opened in September 2013. almost 200 individuals and families have been given food parcels to live on for up to three days.

In addition, about 1,900 two-course lunches have been provided by Holbeach Community Larder at the Reading Rooms, Church Street, Holbeach, on Fridays between noon and 1.30pm.

Jane said: “People are recognising that there is a need in a rural area which has some of the poorest parts of Lincolnshire.

“We’ve built up a reputation where people are saying that we’re doing a really good job and we’re now asking people to nominate those in need who they feel are deserving of our Christmas hampers.”