Rise in those needing help from foodbank

Volunteers and donated food:  Mike Harding-White, Kevin Merritt, Pastor Chas Sandhu, Keith Dobney, Audrey East, Cassie Watts.
Volunteers and donated food: Mike Harding-White, Kevin Merritt, Pastor Chas Sandhu, Keith Dobney, Audrey East, Cassie Watts.
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A LOCAL foodbank is appealing for donations after a rise in the number of families needing help in recent weeks.

Agape Care Foodbank is based at the Lighthouse Church in Spalding, and pastor Chas Sandhu said in the past 12 weeks, it has supported 110 people from the Spalding area who were in need of food parcels.

Agape is back at the Haverfield Road church after its temporary accommodation at the Red Lion Quarter was filled by Boston College. South Holland District Council had let them use the former food court free of charge.

But now volunteers are busy preparing a new lounge at the church, where people needing food will also be able to get support and advice to turn their lives around.

Mr Sandhu said: “There is definitely a rising number of people needing help – and they are now coming from all walks of life.”

A single mum of a toddler, doing her weekly shop at Lidl on Friday, said: “I have to go to lots of different places to save money. It’s time-consuming, but it’s what I have to do.

“We never go hungry, but I rely on my mum a lot.”

Donations are welcome at the foodbank, which is open on Tuesdays and Thursday from noon to 2pm. If you would like to help call 01775 719171 or email pastor@lighthousechurch.org.uk