A growing need for food parcels to help those in financial crisis will now see a foodbank expand its services to Sutterton.
The volunteer-run Boston Foodbank charity gives out food parcels on a voucher scheme to ensure only those most in need receive the help, with increasing numbers being given out.
They now plan to open up a ‘satellite’ service at Sutterton’s St Mary’s Church.
Project manager Ian Evan explained: “We were approached by some of the people there who felt it was something they wanted to do as there was a need for food parcels in the area.
“It will mean that people who are in that area wouldn’t have to travel all the way into Boston or to the bank in Holbeach to get the help.”
The service will launch on Friday, September 5, and will see volunteers man the satellite foodbank from the church on Friday mornings.
Set up a year ago, the foodbank now plans to expand the even further – with a potential delivery service on the cards.
Spokesman Ann Sargeant said: “There’s such a need for the service. But one group we don’t seem to get through to is the elderly. We are now looking into ways we can extend the service out to them.”
Mr Evans added: “We recognise there may be some elderly and house bound people who could do with some support and can’t turn up at the distribution centre with their vouchers.
“We would like to work with any existing agencies involved in their care to see if we can arrange delivering parcels to them in their homes. I would urge any of the agencies involved to get in touch with me about this.”
Mr Evans said they are also looking at offering a debt counselling service – working with advisory charities Citizens Advice Bureau and Christians Against Poverty.
“It would be to just help manage their finances as a lot of people are struggling with this at the moment,” he added.