Time and place for ‘foodbank larder’

Coun Nick Worth (front left) with trustees Dr David Baker, Sue Crowden, chairman Chris Penney, Rod Leeson and contractor David Busley at Holbeach Reading Rooms where they are allowing a new foodbank to open in September. Photo: SG140313-222TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Coun Nick Worth (front left) with trustees Dr David Baker, Sue Crowden, chairman Chris Penney, Rod Leeson and contractor David Busley at Holbeach Reading Rooms where they are allowing a new foodbank to open in September. Photo: SG140313-222TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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Help for crisis-hit families in Holbeach will soon be on their doorsteps when a new foodbank opens in the town.

Agape Care Foodbank’s Holbeach Community Larder will open at the Reading Rooms in Church Street on September 6 between 11am and 2pm.

The details were agreed between members of the William Snarey Trust, who run the building, and the vicar of Holbeach, the Rev Rosamund Seal, after a meeting at All Saints’ Church last Thursday.

Mrs Seal said: “The trustees have allowed the foodbank to use the Reading Rooms for a cost of £30 per session and we are fairly confident of being able to cover this cost by applying for grants and financial support from South Holland District Council.

“Plenty of volunteers with enthusiasm and energy have come forward to be involved with publicity, collecting and transporting donated food and to staff the foodbank sessions.

“It is felt that there will be many other volunteers from various churches and community groups and there have also been offers of administrative help to keep staff rotas and to liaise with Agape Care Foodbank in Spalding.”

Plans for a Holbeach foodbank first emerged in an article by Mrs Seal published in April’s church magazine and momentum built further when it emerged that more than 60 parcels had been given out to people from the Holbeach area since the foodbank opened in April 2011.

Pastor Chas Sandhu, minister of The Lighthouse Church, Spalding, where the main foodbank is based, said: “I’m very pleased that we’ll have a satellite in Holbeach as it will help us to manage things better at our existing centres in Spalding and Long Sutton.”

Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth, who helped set up the foodbank, said: “It’s good news and I’m sure the foodbank will be most helpful to people in need in the Holbeach area.”