Individuals and families at crisis point in Holbeach are soon to have a much-needed place of relief in the town.
Volunteers are ready to open Holbeach Agapecare Community Larder for the first time tomorrow at the Reading Rooms, Church Street, between 11am and 2pm.
The new foodbank will be the third to open in South Holland since 2011 and is linked to existing centres in Spalding and Long Sutton.
Tracey Carter, spokesman for the Community Larder, said: “There are about 15 volunteers who are happy to be involved and all of us are very positive that people in need will feel welcome when they come on Friday.”
Just five months after the idea of having a foodbank in Holbeach first emerged, residents, church leaders and councillors have made the idea a reality.
The foodbank is the result of an article written in April by the vicar of Holbeach, Rev Rosamund Seal, who said: “I’m really excited by how well the project has come together, how much enthusiasm there has been from the community and how the food donations have already come in.
“People are being extremely generous and it will be interesting to see what the demand is like for the Community Larder.”
Chris Penney, chairman of trustees for Holbeach Reading Rooms, said: “We’ve assessed there’s a need for a Community Larder in Holbeach and we’re pleased to be hosting it, so now most people involved are keen to see it up and running.”
Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth said: “It’s nice that we’ve not only been able to find a suitable location for it but also a willing number of volunteers to help out.
“It’s a good example of the community working together.”