Food Need in Rural Lincolnshire up 400%

Horncastle Community Larder operates out of the Horncastle Community Centre. Run by volunteers, it serves not only the town, but villages in the rural hinterland.

Through referrals, it provides food parcels to those in food need as a stop gap whilst more
permanent solutions are sought.

And so far in 2020 there are four times as many people needing help than there were in 2019!

Volunteers collect non-perishable food at several points in the town, and further afield such as in Coningsby.

Collection efforts extend to the local school – Queen Elizabeth Grammar School – which provided valuable donations of all types for the difficult Christmas period.

To help make the most of distributed food, Horncastle Community Larder also runs a
recipe page on its web site, with some very simple recipes making use of ingredients found in a typical food parcel. This is educational as well as practical.

The Larder recognises that there is also a need for a range of other products to help people in need – particularly washing powder and washing up liquid: their range of provision is broadening all the time.

If you want to know more about Horncastle Community Larder, contact them via their Facebook site.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on the National Food Strategy

The APPG on the National Food Strategy, chaired by Jo Gideon, MP for Stoke on Trent, had its fourth meeting on  25th May to consider the way in which part 2 of the National Food Strategy might embrace the development of urban food systems, the support for rural communities, and how ‘good food’ jobs might be developed. The LFP was there.   ItContinue reading “The All Party Parliamentary Group on the National Food Strategy”

Food from the Other Side of the World?

The Tariff-free trade deal with Australia being offered at the end of May, split Cabinet over food. Environment Secretary George Eustice was concerned that  because of scale of livestock farming in the Antipodes, UK farmers could be undercut.   Whilst these differences have been patched up in Westminster, the National  Farmers Union is concerned that hundredsContinue reading “Food from the Other Side of the World?”

The Future of Seed

Seed sovereignty is about growers being able to produce and have control of their seeds – by saving seed from the crops they grow, selecting the strongest and most suitable seeds for breeding, and exchanging seeds freely with others. Sounds simple, right? At the moment, almost all commercial seeds are F1 hybrids. The seeds thatContinue reading “The Future of Seed”

How can I help?

Foodbanks welcome donations and volunteer help. You can contact foodbanks – and any of our food partners – directly, or get in touch with us and we’ll help you find the best way for you to offer your time, skills and resources.

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