Young people in Long Sutton are rallying to the cause of helping desperate families in the area who are unsure whether they will have food for Christmas.
Members of the Upper Room Club, a youth group based at St Mary’s Church, are donating presents suitable for teenagers as their response to this year’s Christmas Foodbank Appeal.
Schools and churches in Long Sutton and surrounding villages have also been spurred into action by donating large amounts of food from harvest festivals in order to feed the hungry, homeless and unemployed across the area.
Jeanne Sibley, centre manager of The Market House where Long Sutton’s foodbank is based, said: “Young people at our church heard a wonderful talk by Irene Davies from Agapecare Foodbank, Spalding, at our church’s harvest festival service so they’ve decided to donate presents suitable for teenagers.
“The local community has also given so generously from harvest festivals that our volunteers who collect the donated food to take to Spalding had to arrange special journeys to deliver the goods.”
Long Sutton’s foodbank opened at The Market House in January 2012 and has provided food parcels for families from as far away as Gosberton.
Jeanne said: “There has been a steady increase in demand and our volunteers who go to Spalding with the donations to be made up into food parcels are doing it with increased frequency.
“Our clients come from a long way out, including small villages, but families are desperately proud and they really push themselves to the limit of suffering before asking for help, so we are only too willing to give them food parcels.”