South Holland people urged to support 'Feed the Nation' campaign
Students, jobseekers and people made redundant across South Holland are being urged to take up work in the UK's food industry.
A "Feed the Nation" appeal has been sent out by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) to alert people to the variety of schemes now in place to boost the area’s food and farming workforce.
According to South Holland District Council figures, more than 11,000 people are currently employed in food-related and general manufacturing jobs, with more than 50 per cent of roles here directly linked to the agri-food industry.
Sarah Louise Fairburn, chairman of the Greater Lincolnshire Food Board and a GLLEP director, said: "During the pandemic, our area has a key role to play in helping to keep food in our shops.
"I am really proud of how Lincolnshire's businesses have responded in helping to keep food on the nation’s shelves.
"However, we cannot be complacent because many of our food chain businesses need extra staff now to manage the increased demand.
"In Lincolnshire we are also the centre of the UK fresh produce sector and as the peak harvest period for salads and vegetables approaches, we will need even more staff from the end of April.
"Whether you are unemployed, someone who has recently been made redundant or a student, our food chain would welcome your help as we work to keep the nation fed through this difficult time."
Several initiatives, including a Spare Worker Availability Portal, have been set up to recruit extra staff to work on farms and in factories at a time when travel restrictions are in place.
For more details about the campaign, visit peopleplus.co.uk/feed-the-nation/