Foodbanks around the area are fully stocked and ready to serve families in need during the new year.
Branches have opened in Oakham, Uppingham, Bourne and the Deepings during the last few months following the success of Stamford’s foodbank which opened in 2012.
Each had a steady flow of clients over the last few weeks who found themselves in need of emergency support.
Spokesman for Stamford Foodbank, Eileen Bangay, said: “To date we have fed more than 700 people. We had a good Christmas and are particularly thankful for the goodies provided by Cummins. It has taken some of the pressure off us now that Market Deeping and Bourne now have their own foodbanks.”
The services are run under the guidance of the Trussell Trust. The Deepings Foodbank has seen two or three people a week since opening on December 4.
Some have had their benefits payments delayed while others are short of money because of ill health.
Trustee Janis Hewitt said: “Many people are only one pay cheque away from a foodbank. It can happen to anyone through no fault of their own because of illness or redundancy.”
All the local foodbanks have plenty of stock and volunteers but the teams will never turn away offers of help.
Cathy Dyson, the co-ordinator of Uppingham’s foodbank, hopes to raise the profile of the town’s foodbank among people who need it.
She said: “Lots of clients go to the foodbank in Oakham so we need to make people aware that we are here in Uppingham as they may not be able to travel out of the town.”
The service operates from Uppingham Parish Church on Fridays from 10am until midday. The team have increased the number of agencies which can refer people and the list now includes primary schools and members of the clergy to make sure as many families in need as possible are reached.