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.

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 […]

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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