Positive response to call for Holbeach food aid

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Plans to open a new foodbank centre in Holbeach for crisis-hit individuals and families have received strong backing from churches and the general public.

The idea to set up a foodbank put forward by the Vicar of Holbeach Rev Rosamund Seal, will be discussed at a public meeting on Thursday, June 6 in the Mary Bass Room, All Saints’ Church, at 7.30pm.

Holbeach Youth Centre in Boston Road is one of the venues being considered for the foodbank which would be run by Agape Care Foodbank which has centres at the Lighthouse Church in Spalding and The Market House, Long Sutton.

Representatives from Agape Care Foodbank have been invited to the meeting, along with Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth and church leaders from the town.

But Mrs Seal confirmed the meeting was also open to anyone interested in volunteering at the foodbank.

She said: “Work to open an Agape Care Foodbank satellite in Holbeach is under way and I’ve already had several offers of help and support from church members, other churches and also the general public.

“There will be a foodbank centre in Holbeach and we’re hoping it’ll be at the youth centre as that seems to be an ideal place which is central to the town, easy to find and has no stigma attached to it.

“Hopefully we will find out at the meeting what the timescale for opening is and where we’ll be, before bringing a committee of people together to get the project off the ground.”

Irene Davies, team leader for Agape Care Foodbank, said: “We’ve thought about starting a centre in Holbeach as it would be easier for people from the town who collect food parcels from Spalding.”