The people of South Holland and The Deepings have made sure that this year’s Christmas Foodbank Appeal has been a total success.
Schools, businesses and churches have all come together with the general public to help the needy this Christmas by providing food and other donations to spread some goodwill to people with little or no money.
About 50 families in Spalding and Long Sutton alone have received general and festive food parcels thanks to an outpouring of donations from across the area.
The last few parcels were delivered on Friday and Irene Davies, team leader for Agapecare Foodbank in Spalding, said: “We’ve had a tremendous amount of things brought in from people and organisations and it’s been amazing.
“The general public, churches, schools and businesses have been so generous, even in this present economic climate, and we’ve been able to give out as many, if not more, food parcels as we did last year.
“People across the community have given both their time and their produce to the foodbank and we want to say an enormous thank you to them.”
Jeanne Sibley, centre manager for Agapecare Foodbank at The Market House, Long Sutton, said: “We were very stretched with clients collecting food and that’s because the community of Long Sutton has responded as generously as always.
“We received donations every day of the appeal and we’d like to thank everyone for their generosity this year when fuel bills and other costs are making everyone feel hard-pressed.”
Holbeach Community Larder gave out food parcels and served hot meals to dozens of people in their first year of taking part in the appeal.
Volunteer coordinator Jane Francis said: “It’s been absolutely amazing and in addition to food, we’ve had all sorts of other things such as children’s clothes to put in Christmas parcels for families.
“We’ve seen a fantastic response from the Holbeach community which has pulled together to help us.”
Almost 20 food parcels were given out by Deepings Foodbank, based at The Deepings School in Deeping St James and secretary Janis Hewitt said: “We’ve had a wonderful response from the Deepings community and food is still being donated, even though the Christmas appeal is now over.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by people giving and even though Christmas is the time for that, it’s been beyond anything we were expecting.”