Grand plans for Holbeach foodbank

Alan Appleyard and George Phillips inside Holbeach Community Larder.
Alan Appleyard and George Phillips inside Holbeach Community Larder.
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A foodbank in Holbeach open for just over nine months has proved so successful that it is ready to expand and go it alone.

Holbeach Community Larder has been providing food parcels to crisis-hit people across the area from the Reading Rooms, Church Street, Holbeach, every Friday between 11am and 2pm since it opened in September, 2013.

It was initially set up as part of Agapecare Foodbank which also has centres in Spalding and Long Sutton.

But the popularity of the Community Larder, particularly its Community Kitchen which serves meals for up to 40 people a week between 12pm and 1.30pm on Fridays, persuaded its management committee to re-launch the foodbank in its own right from June 1.

Rev Rosamund Seal, vicar of Holbeach and a Community Larder trustee, said: “We are very grateful for the support, encouragement and practical help received from Agapecare Foodbank over the first six months of the foodbank’s existence.

“However, it is so popular that the management committee wants to be able to develop our own relationships with referral partners, hold our own bank account and charity number. Therefore, we have re-launched the Community Larder with a new logo to acknowledge the fact that it is now run independently of Agapecare Foodbank, Spalding.”

The Community Kitchen is supported by market traders and businesses in the town such as Holbeach Bakery who donate bread to be used with the meals.

Mrs Seal said: “We usually cater for 20 to 30 people each week but, on May 30, we catered for 40 customers and had to raid the storeroom when we ran out of the set meal for the day.

“Many of our customers come regularly week by week and enjoy meeting up with their friends and making new ones.”

The Community Larder is looking for a cook to work alongside Sue Dunne and trustees are also being trained ahead of the foodbank becoming an access point for Lincolnshire Credit Union.

Mrs Seal said: “The community has responded to the work we do in a wonderful way and we are keen to build real relationships with all our partners.”

For more details about the Community Larder, call Mrs Seal on 01406 424989.