Generations of schoolchildren have sang the words “When I needed a neighbour were you there?” written by the late Sydney Carter in 1968.
The answer from volunteers at Sutterton Foodbank, based at St Mary’s Church, has been an emphatic “yes” since it first opened in September.
Clients from Sutterton, Algarkirk, Bicker, Fosdyke, Swineshead and Wigtoft can exchange vouchers given to them by schools, health centres and social services for a food parcel lasting three days.
Foodbank co-ordinator Janet Mossman said: “We thought there was a need in these villages and we had that belief for some time.
“But we couldn’t work out how to access food ourselves until someone at Boston Borough Council linked us up with Boston Foodbank and we’re now run as a satellite of theirs.
“We’re set up to help people and we’ve had quite a lot of schools and nurseries, as well as Swineshead Medical Practice, who have phoned us for our vouchers to give to those in need.
“We’re committed to giving food to anyone who is in a crisis situation, but it’s just getting the word out that we’re here to help.”
Sutterton Foodbank is open on Fridays from 10am until noon, with the food parcels made up from donations made by individuals and businesses.
Janet’s husband and churchwarden David Mossman said: “The church is a very important piece of heritage and we want the public to become more aware of it and better informed about it.
“We plan to develop other things here and the foodbank is a very typical example of the church being used for community things.”