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Spalding Guardian supports Sutterton Foodbank as part of our Christmas appeal




Sutterton Foodbank might never have come into being if its founders had decided against taking a narrowboat holiday five years ago.

Janet Mossman and her husband David, churchwarden of St Mary's, Sutterton, where the foodbank is based, were in Hertfordshire where they visited a church that had a foodbank in operation.

At that moment, the idea of opening a centre in Sutterton entered the Mossmans' minds.

Coordinator Janet Mossman, churchwarden Janice Despicht, volunteers Chris Mason, June and Bob Greenslade, Rosemary Goddard and project manager Trevor Baily at Sutterton Foodbank inside St Mary's Church.SG-081119-002TW.
Coordinator Janet Mossman, churchwarden Janice Despicht, volunteers Chris Mason, June and Bob Greenslade, Rosemary Goddard and project manager Trevor Baily at Sutterton Foodbank inside St Mary's Church.SG-081119-002TW.

Janet said: "I started the foodbank at St Mary's Church after going on a narrowboat holiday with David five years ago.

"We went into Kings Church in Berkhamsted and a foodbank was there, so I said to David: 'There should be a foodbank in Sutterton.'

"From there, I contacted the manager of Boston Foodbank and we eventually received a grant from Boston Borough Council to buy a cupboard and a portable toilet for St Mary's Church.

St Mary's Church, Sutterton, where the foodbank is based.Photo: SG-210918-067TW.
St Mary's Church, Sutterton, where the foodbank is based.Photo: SG-210918-067TW.

"Sutterton Foodbank is really a satellite centre of the one in Boston and we get people coming over from the town to collect food parcels as our vouchers are interchangeable with theirs.

"But we also get people from Donington, Swineshead and Sutterton coming to us as well."

This is now the fifth year that Sutterton Foodbank has been part of the Spalding Guardian's Christmas Foodbank Appeal and next weekend, volunteers will have their hands full when they take part in a three-day Christmas food collection at Tesco Superstore in Wyberton Fen.

Trevor Baily, project manager for Sutterton and Boston Foodbanks, said: "We've had a 30 per cent increase in demand over the last 12 months.

Sutterton Foodbank volunteers at St Mary’s Church during last year's appeal.Photo (TIM WILSON):SG-210918-063TW
Sutterton Foodbank volunteers at St Mary’s Church during last year's appeal.Photo (TIM WILSON):SG-210918-063TW

"But in the last few months, we've seen a shift where people are coming to us because of low income related to the introduction of Universal Credit.

"We've heard horror stories of people waiting up to nine weeks for their old benefits to change over to Universal Credit when the minimum should be four weeks.

"Some people have taken advances on their Universal Credit payments, putting themselves in debt, while others have found that the amount they get seems to lower than what they were on before.

"As well as Universal Credit, people come to us forfood parcels because of high rents and there are young families coming through the system too.

"Certain people are adamant that foodbanks aren't good, but we're inclined to help people who are in need."

. You can leave donations for this year's Christmas Foodbank Appeal at most churches across South Holland.

In Spalding, food, soft drinks, festive items and toys can also be left at Sainsbury’s, Holland Market, or our reception at 4 Francis Street, Spalding.

Elsewhere in South Holland, donations are accepted at The Market House, Long Sutton, Morrisons, Wardentree Lane, Pinchbeck, and the Co-op Foodstore in West Street, Crowland.

Finally, readers in Donington, Quadring, Gosberton and villages in the Boston borough area can take their donations to St Mary’s Church, Station Road, Sutterton.

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