It is easy to think that food poverty is concentrated in our cities and metropolitan areas. It is not, of course, and some of the most deprived wards in our county are on the coast and in our rural areas.
Sleaford New Life Community Larder is addressing these needs in North Kesteven District, offering a three-day supply of food and other items to around 1,300 people a year. Running since 2008, the Larder has secured a number of awards for its community work.
The Larder is supported by volunteers and is stocked entirely by donations from local businesses, schools and churches. Food donations are made up into food parcels, and gifts of cash are used to buy perishable items such as milk, bread and toiletries.
Acknowledging the dispersed nature of rural food poverty – it is sometimes difficult to get to food bank centres from remoter rural areas – the Larder is sometimes able to deliver food to the door of those without access to transport or a local shop.
The Larder receives referrals from local agencies and these have increased nearly ten-fold since the Larder began. If you would like to support the larder through donations or volunteering, then do contact them through their web site:
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