New foodbank in Crowland is ‘positive news’

CROWLAND AID: Irene Davies, coordinator of Agapecare Foodbank in Spalding, and Pastor Chas Sandhu, of The Lighthouse Church, Spalding, have welcomed the launch of a new foodbank satellite centre based at Crowland Abbey.''Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG150316-112TW.
CROWLAND AID: Irene Davies, coordinator of Agapecare Foodbank in Spalding, and Pastor Chas Sandhu, of The Lighthouse Church, Spalding, have welcomed the launch of a new foodbank satellite centre based at Crowland Abbey.''Photo by Tim Wilson. SG150316-112TW.
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Help is at hand for people struggling to make ends meet in Crowland where a new foodbank centre is now open.

Church leaders from Crowland Abbey and the town’s Methodist church have worked with Agapecare Foodbank in Spalding to launch a satellite collection point for people on Wednesdays between 1pm and 3pm.

The foodbank is based at Crowland Abbey where food parcels are given out to voucher holders referred by volunteers at the abbey itself, as well as South View Primary School, Abbeygate Surgery and Crowland Children’s Centre.

The Reverend Charles Brown, Priest-in-Charge at Crowland Abbey, said: “I’ve known Irene Davies of Agapecare Foodbank for a long time as we’ve made donations of food to it at harvest time down through the years.

“Earlier this year, I talked with Irene and she told me about the need for a satellite centre in Crowland.

“So through Crowland Methodist and Anglican Partnership in Mission (MAP), the two churches in the town thought the foodbank was something we could do together in reaching out to people who are outside of the church.”

Tthrough Crowland Methodist and Anglican Partnership in Mission (MAP), the two churches in the town thought the foodbank was something we could do together in reaching out to people who are outside of the church

The Reverend Charles Brown, Priest-in-Charge at Crowland Abbey

Irene said: “We did start a satellite centre in Crowland a couple of years ago but it wasn’t successful.

“However, the number of clients coming to our Spalding foodbank from Crowland has begun to increase.

“So we were asked to go over there again in order to save people from coming all the way to Spalding for food parcels.

“It’s positive news for people in Crowland who won’t have to get their referral vouchers from Spalding any more.”

The foodbank also means that food donations can be taken to Crowland Abbey and the Methodist church in Reform Street.

Pastor Chas Sandhu, of The Lighthouse Church where Agapecare Foodbank is based, said: “We hope it will help those in the community of Crowland who are in need which is our desire as a church.”

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