New Year Reflections

Despite the ongoing disruption and ravages of the pandemic, there are things to celebrate from 2021. We look back at a few highlights of 2021.

New Community Grocery in Lincoln

Food poverty is poverty. Foodbanks cannot solve that.

Alongside the numerous organisations in Lincoln working to make sure everyone has access to food, we want to see bigger systemic changes that will end the need for foodbanks. 

At the same time, we do all we can to reduce the pressures of hardship and improve dignity for everyone in our communities. 

Manager Angeletia Padmore at the till of Lincoln Community Grocery
Lincoln Community Grocery

Lincoln’s Community Grocery, which opened on Lincoln High Street in October, has been very well received. It provides supermarket surplus groceries and provisions to members at very low cost, offering greater choice and dignity than a foodbank, including lots of fresh produce. 

Membership has already wildly exceeded expectations, and it is having a hugely positive impact in an area of the city where there is a high level of need, and access to healthy food is patchy.

Food culture in Boston

The High Sheriff, Claire Birch, went beyond the usual harvest festivities, foregrounding food issues at this year’s Harvest Supper at Lincoln Cathedral in October, with a particular focus on Boston. 

Photo: Henry Kenyon

Bread & Roses, a stunning photo essay by observational photographer, Henry Kenyon, documents two good food businesses (Maud Foster Windmill and Greenfield Bakers) and two inspiring organisations (Willoughby Road Allotments Association and Centrepoint Outreach) and their enlivening influence on Boston’s local food culture. 

Growing food & community

The pandemic led to an explosion in gardening, and people have described it as a life-saver at a time when many have experienced extreme mental health challenges arising from isolation, loneliness and anxiety. 

There are opportunities to get involved in community food growing all across Lincolnshire: we shared a map of them on our website earlier this year.

Gardeners enjoyed meeting each other in a series of online events for community growers, and we celebrate the opening of two new community gardens in Lincolnshire – Dunston Community Garden and Incredible Edible South Ormsby, and the impressive development of EcoSerenity Project CIC, an urban farm near Scunthorpe.

Food highlights of 2021 from the Lincolnshire Food Partnership, featuring @ActsTrust @southormsby @LincolnshireHS

This article was previously published in Lincoln Independent

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