Tackling Food Poverty in Sleaford and Surrounding Villages


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:

communitylarder.co.uk 

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Three High Street Bakers

Most of us in Lincolnshire, most of the time, consume uniform baked products, produced on an industrial scale by workers we will never meet. But it’s not the only choice available to us. We went to meet three highly skilled and passionate bakers, who are baking fresh each day on Lincoln High Street. It’s a […]

Market gardeners

Fringe Farming

For fruit and vegetable crops – I’m talking the 7-a-day stuff that most of us need way more of in our diets – it’s a completely different story. 

Just a few acres, with polytunnels or glasshouses require constant tending, and can employ numerous people doing skilled, interesting, rewarding, socially useful jobs. 

Fruit and vegetables don’t necessarily need much processing before they reach our plates. We want to eat them fresh – the fresher the better! 

It would make sense, then, that the most labour intensive, perishable, unprocessed foods are grown in close proximity to urban areas.

We Won Bronze!

Greater Lincolnshire has become the latest place to win a prestigious Sustainable Food Places award. The award recognises Greater Lincolnshire Food Partnership’s work to promote healthy, sustainable and local food and to tackle some of today’s greatest social challenges, from food poverty and diet-related ill-health to the disappearance of family farms and the loss of […]


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