Time is running out in this year’s Christmas Foodbank Appeal as volunteers prepare for a flood of donations ahead of December 25.
People in South Holland have responded in large numbers to the desperate plight of individuals and families struggling to feed themselves because of redundancy, benefit delays and personal problems.
Foodbanks in Spalding, Holbeach and Long Sutton are being inundated with donations of food, but there is still room for more before food parcels are made up and delivered between Tuesday, December 17 and Christmas Eve.
Irene Davies, team leader at Agapecare Foodbank based at The Lighthouse Church, Spalding, said: “The appeal has suddenly taken off and people are starting to bring things in to us. “One family donated a crate of Christmas goods and we’ve also had donations from Sainsbury’s, Spalding, Morrisons in Pinchbeck and Spalding Lions whose members gave us £250 towards food parcels.
“The donations we had in from harvest festivals at schools and churches have flown off our shelves and we’ve been working really hard since September.”
Almost 165 food parcels were given out to people in the last three months and foodbank volunteers are urging referral partners such as South Holland Citizens Advice Bureau to refer needy families to them as soon as possible.
Irene said: “It’s more work on our part if we have a rush of people needing food parcels just before Christmas so we want to get most of them out by December 19.”
Jane Francis, volunteer coordinator for Holbeach Community Larder, said: “We’re continuing to receive donations and our collection bins are filling up fairly regularly.
“We’re in the process of making up Christmas food parcels and The Barbers Shoppe on High Street, Holbeach, has kindly offered us the use of their premises to serve teas and coffees in aid of the Community Larder at the town’s Christmas fayre on Sunday.”
Jeanne Sibley, centre manager at The Market House, Long Sutton, said: “The community is responding as generously as always and we are receiving donations every day.
“Normal food is being donated but people are also giving Christmas puddings and other festive treats for which we are so thankful.”