Community unites to support Deepings Foodbank

At the foodbank launch were, front, Janis Hewitt and Anne Gurthrie, and back, from left, Rebecca Black, the Rev Mark Thompson, school head Christopher Beckett and Susie Brook, from the Trussell Trust
At the foodbank launch were, front, Janis Hewitt and Anne Gurthrie, and back, from left, Rebecca Black, the Rev Mark Thompson, school head Christopher Beckett and Susie Brook, from the Trussell Trust
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Help is at hand for people in need with a new Foodbank poised to help families struggling to make ends meet.

Launched by Churches Together in the Deepings, the foodbank will be based at The Deepings School, Deeping St James, and will open on December 2.

Deepings Foodbank chairman, the Rev Mark Thompson, said: “We had reports from various people in other churches about families coming to them with no money and no way of paying for food. We had similar reports from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

“It made us think that there was probably a need for it here in the Deepings.

“If you look at Stamford, it is not the kind of place where you’d think there was a need. But there are people in difficulty there and it is no different in the Deepings.”

The Rev Thomson, who is curate of the two churches, St Guthlac’s, in Market Deeping and The Priory, in Deeping St James, said the Deepings churches linked up with the Trussell Trust, which helps groups set up foodbanks and provides the necessary training.

More than 80 people attended the launch at The Deepings School, in Park Road. About £200 was raised at the event, which will go towards the purchase of food boxes which contain three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food items.

Head of The Deepings School Chris Beckett, who was at the launch along with Susie Brook from the Trussell Trust, said he was delighted the school was able to play its part in helping people in 
need.

A number of people have already volunteered to help with the project but the Rev Thomson, said they needed more help.

He added: “Anyone can volunteer. Nonbelievers and people of other faiths are very welcome.”

Volunteers are needed to help and support those who need food and also to help behind the scenes to collect and store food.

Volunteer training days are on Monday and the foodbank team will be collecting food at the Tesco store in Market Deeping on Friday, Saturday, November 30, and Sunday, December 1.

The Deepings Foodbank will open for distribution on Monday, December 2, and will be open Mondays and Fridays from 4pm to 6pm.

Anyone who needs help should first collect vouchers from either a citizens advice bureau, social services, churches or other agencies.

People will not be able to just turn up and collect 
food.

The Deepings Foodbank can be contacted on 01778 341946 or e-mail info@deepings.foodbank.org.uk

There is also a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DeepingsFoodBank

The Trussell Trust, a Christian organisation, partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide.

Foodbanks are already operating in Stamford, Bourne and Rutland.