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No room at the inn as festive Foodbank donations rocket

John Neal, Pastor Chas Sandhu and Irene Davies (front) accept a food parcel from Jo Mitchell and Chris New of Co-op Foodstore, Spalding.

John Neal, Pastor Chas Sandhu and Irene Davies (front) accept a food parcel from Jo Mitchell and Chris New of Co-op Foodstore, Spalding.

Agapecare Foodbank volunteers and management are making a desperate appeal for more storage space after an overwhelming response to our Christmas Appeal this year.

Schools, businesses and people are reaching new levels of generosity with never-ending donations of milk, rice and tinned meat, as well as more festive food such as selection boxes, mince pies and Christmas puddings.

But now the response is proving so great that the Agapecare Foodbank centre in Spalding is in urgent need of a new warehouse to store and make up food parcels for people and families hit by unemployment, redundancy, benefit delays and homelessness.

Pastor Chas Sandhu, minister of The Lighthouse Church, Haverfield Road, where the foodbank centre is based, said: “We’re so grateful to the South Holland community for the support they have given to Agapecare Foodbank.

“We are overwhelmed with the donations of food, Christmas items and financial gifts we’ve had, so much so that we’re running out of space for our food stocks.

“We would really appreciate the use of a warehouse, preferably near to the foodbank centre, which we could have at a peppercorn rent to store the terrific amount of food that has come in.”

Among the donations is a food package worth £250 from Lincolnshire Co-operative to be shared out between foodbanks in Spalding, Holbeach and Long Sutton.

Jane Francis, of Holbeach Community Larder, said: “We appreciate it when an organisation like the Co-op makes such a donation and we’re very grateful for it.”

Nicola Berry, of Lincolnshire Co-operative, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to support people in our communities and our donation will help the foodbanks to provide for many people in need over the festive period.”

 

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