Official opening for new foodbank after successful trial to help needy in Bourne

Coordinator Jennie Fytche, Pastor Andy McManus (centre and third right) and volunteers at Bourne Foodbank which opens officially on Friday.

Coordinator Jennie Fytche, Pastor Andy McManus (centre and third right) and volunteers at Bourne Foodbank which opens officially on Friday.

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Needy individuals and families in Bourne can get emergency help from a new foodbank that officially opens in the town on Friday.

Churches, schools, businesses and shoppers have all teamed up to help the foodbank help almost 40 families hit by unemployment, financial crisis and benefit delays over the last two months.

The foodbank based at Bourne United Reformed Church in Abbey Road will be officially opened by town mayor Coun David Higgs and guests from other organisations that have helped in its formation are also expected to attend.

Pastor Andy McManus from the foodbank’s leadership team, said: “We had what’s called a soft launch on May 7 to make sure the system worked in reality and to identify improvements and things have gone well.

“People have been coming in and going out with food, we’ve provided a safe space where personal stories have been heard and when it became clear what appropriate further help was needed, people have been given contact details of organisations that may help them next.

“Our team of about 40 volunteers has worked tirelessly to launch this project and we are all really excited about the official opening of the foodbank on Friday.”

The project to launch a foodbank in Bourne started after talks between church leaders in the town and the Trussell Trust, a national charity responsible for opening more than 325 foodbanks across the UK over the last nine years.

Churches Together in Bourne, whose members include Bourne Abbey, Morton Baptist Church and The Salvation Army, has overseen the project which Mr McManus said was in response to a “real and urgent need for a foodbank in Bourne.”

He said: “This is an incredible project for Bourne and we’re pleased to have a venue, shelves, a team of volunteers and even a music licence.

“This is a case of Bourne people directly helping each other and it’s also excellent to know that churches are working together to help those who find themselves in need.”

Coun Higgs said: “This is a very worthwhile project run by volunteers and the churches who have worked tirelessly to get this project up and running.”