Plan to create foodbank is revealed

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Preparations are being made by church groups to create a foodbank to be launched next year to serve the people of Bourne .

For the past few months Churches Together in Bourne, which is made up of Bourne Baptist, Bourne Abbey, St Gilbert’s Roman Catholic, Bourne Methodist, Morton Baptist, United Reform Church and Bourne Salvation Army, have been working actively with the Trussell Trust charity to establish a food bank in Bourne.

The project is still in the early stages of development and there are many details to be finalised including a facility to store the collections.

Baptist minister Andy Warner said: “I am really pleased to see how the project is taking shape.

“Our firm intention is for a foodbank to be established here around Easter.

“This is all about our local community pulling together to help those most in need, and signposting them to appropriate agencies to improve their situation in every sense.”

The need in Bourne is difficult to show in statistics, but frontline professionals have noticed more and more families struggling to make ends 

Andy McManus, spokesman for the Foodbank leadership team said: “The financial crisis that started at the highest international levels is now really being felt by the man in the street.

“Many who believed they were in secure jobs have unexpectedly found themselves unemployed.

“Many in employment now have to be supplemented by state benefits.

“Pay levels have not really risen, but bills, particularly essentials such as utility bills and fuel have increased quite dramatically.

“In these financial circumstances, it may take only one more significant expense, say a boiler repair, and families are beginning to struggle just to buy food.”

The project enjoys the full support of Tesco which has held its own food collection at the superstore in South Road in Bourne last weekend.

Recent research has found that about five per cent of people in the East Midlands have suffered some form of food poverty in the last 12 months.

Organisers are asking that people hold off with offers of donations until the scheme is officially launched next year.