Bourne Foodbank opens to offer help to struggling families

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A new foodbank opened its doors on Tuesday after months of work to support people in need of help in the bleak financial climate.

Bourne Foodbank based at the United Reformed Church in Eastgate opened its doors for the first time to those with vouchers.

The project organised by Churches Together in Bourne with The Trussell Trust, aims to “restore dignity, revive hope and rebuild community” for people in crisis within the Bourne area.

Volunteer Andy McManus said: “This has been an incredible year. We started at the beginning with a small team of volunteers drawn from the churches in Bourne, working together with one heart to help those in our community most in need.

“Since our early meetings we now have a large number of trained volunteers from the town ready to collect, sort and give out food.

“Those people visiting the foodbank at the Bourne United Reformed Church will find a welcoming venue to receive their food.

“The people of Bourne have generously given nearly two tonnes of food.

“We have been blessed with an amazing response from shoppers who have seen us on collecting days at Tesco and Sainsbury’s. Food has also been donated by all the churches.”

The way the foodbank works is food is given in exchange for a voucher. These are handed out by people such as health and social care practitioners who engage with people in the community daily.

Anyone who requires information about receiving help from the foodbank should email or visit the website.

The next collection for the foodbank is tomorrow at the Co-op supermarket in the Burghley Centre, Bourne, between 10am and 3pm.