No sign of decline in King’s Lynn Foodbank need, officials warn

Kevan Crane the Foodbank Project Co-ordinator with Laura Gathercole, Tesco Community Champion at the Foodbank in Tesco, Hardwick. ANL-141128-130529009

Kevan Crane the Foodbank Project Co-ordinator with Laura Gathercole, Tesco Community Champion at the Foodbank in Tesco, Hardwick. ANL-141128-130529009

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Officials at Lynn’s Foodbank have warned demand for their services is as high as it has ever been, despite a huge response to their pre-Christmas collection appeal.

New figures released by the charity show that 2,475 people, including 668 children, have been helped by them so far in 2014-15, an average of more than 300 every month since mid-April.

Foodbank project worker Tracy Hutton said the level of need is still rising, despite government claims of a brighter economic outlook.

She said the most common reasons for people to turn to them included benefit delays or changes and low incomes, adding: “The demand is still there.”

The latest figures have been released following a week-long collection appeal, held at the Tesco store on Lynn’s Hardwick estate, which yielded 2,239 kilograms of supplies.

Volunteers will be making up additional Christmas parcels this week using donated festive products.

And Mrs Hutton was delighted with the public’s response to the campaign, which she described as “a great success.”

She said: “The community of King’s Lynn has really pulled together on this one. This will go some way in making Christmas a little better for those less fortunate.”

Several community groups and businesses are understood to be planning festive fundraisers to help the group.

And the Foodbank is also looking for a new home which they hope could help them to expand their services.

The charity currently opens for two hours each weekday at the Purfleet Trust’s headquarters in St Ann’s Fort and has its own warehouse in which to store donated supplies.

But Mrs Hutton said they would like to establish a day centre that would enable them to serve hot meals to people who need them, as well as work with other agencies who could provide support on issues like debt advice.

She said they would like to hear from anyone who has a building they could use. Anyone interested in helping should phone 07582 558143.