Public meeting next month to discuss Sutton Bridge foodbank plans

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Residents in Sutton Bridge will be able to find out more about the new food bank planned for their parish at a special public meeting next month.

The committee behind the venture, which it’s hoped will be up and running before the end of the year, is holding the meeting so people can ask questions and volunteer their own services.

The idea for a food bank was suggested by the Rev David Oxtoby earlier this year, and has been well-supported after a report revealed more than one in five children in the village are living in poverty. So far a committee has been set up to help make the plans a reality, while St Matthew’s Church has been secured as a base for the project.

The group is working to secure the necessary funds to pay for equipment, storage and room hire. A ‘shopping list’ of items suitable for donation has also been compiled and includes powdered or UHT milk, tea bags, instant coffee, sugar, cereals and long life fruit juice.

Other products required include tinned soup, tinned meat/fish/vegetables or fruit, pasta sauce, rice, pasta, tinned sponge or rice pudding and biscuits or snack bars.

Mr Oxtoby identified the need for such a facility in spring, when he heard as many as 40 villagers travelled to Spalding last year to use food bank vouchers. He anticipates the figure will be double this year.

Spalding, Holbeach and Long Sutton already have food banks.

n The public meeting to discuss the food bank is being held at the Curlew Centre, Sutton Bridge, from 7pm on Tuesday, November 18. Anyone who would like to get involved can also contact Rev Oxtoby on 01406 258572.