Did you know there are over 40 foodbanks and community larders in Lincolnshire, including: Deepings, Gainsborough, Grantham, Horncastle, Lincoln, Louth, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding and Stamford?
People using the food banks had risen from nearly 1,600 in May 2019 to 7,216 in May 2020 (and this may still be an under-estimate) – an increase of 450%. The biggest increase has been in Gainsborough where it is over 1,300%.
Whilst most rely on volunteers, many are finding it harder to cover their running costs. One needs a new vehicle for pickup and delivery. Another needs a new kitchen. At the same time, money donations have fallen as we’re discouraged from handling cash. And bidding for funds is more competitive: more are facing financial hardship.
Securing sufficient food has also become a bigger challenge – nationally some food banks have had to close because of supply shortages. And finding volunteers is an increasing problem as older folk self-isolate.
If you are able to offer any help to these initiatives, just look up your nearest one – they will always be grateful for donations of food (and money) and of your time to help distribute it.
And get in touch if you are struggling to track down a nearby foodbank. It won’t be far away.
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