Spalding food bank for people in crisis

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A FOOD bank is being set up in Spalding to provide free emergency food to individuals or families in crisis.

The volunteer-led project, which is the first of its kind for the town, is being run by Agape Care from the Lighthouse Church in Haverfield Road.

Project manager Paul Walker said: “It’s something I thought of about two years ago. There are 50 other food banks nationally and they are reaching out to those under the poverty line.

“I felt, having looked at some statistics, Spalding fits into that category. We have two wards in deprivation values in Spalding.”

Over the past six months, Mr Walker has been working to put his vision into theory and the final preparations are now being made to launch the project in April.

The foodbank will work on a voucher basis, with vouchers held by frontline care staff such as health visitors and care agencies.

The voucher can then be exchanged for a three-day emergency food box, which contains dried and tinned foods.

Those eligible for help may include those who have been made redundant, struggling families, the elderly, or someone who has had to leave their home because of domestic abuse.

Mr Walker said: “The great thing about this project is it embraces the whole community.

“Looking at the statistics even if we help one per cent in Spalding, we could help about 600 families, which is tremendous.

“That’s only the tip of the iceberg.”

Mr Walker says food stocks will now be built up over the coming weeks.

Anyone who would like to donate can drop off non-perishable goods at the Lighthouse Church.

l For more information on the project, to volunteer or donate, call Paul Walker on 07588 866300, email agapecare@btinternet.com or visit www.agapecare.org.uk.