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Lynn foodbank has been busier than ever this spring, supporting nearly 400 (396) people more in March and April than it did in the same period last year. And there are fears supplies will fall short.

Lynn foodbank currently has good stocks of food but it is giving it out at approximately twice the rate at which it is donated. Over time this will inevitably mean stocks will become depleted.

West Norfolk Council has ringfenced support for foodbanks across the borough to ensure that people struggling with the cost of living have access to supplies.

The food bank at the Eternity Centre in Downham Credit Lynn News (56799904)
The food bank at the Eternity Centre in Downham Credit Lynn News (56799904)

Sam Sandell, cabinet member for people and communities, said: “We have supported the foodbank during the pandemic and we are steadfast in our support for their vital work.

"We’re using the council’s delegated powers to ringfence money for foodbanks over the coming year to make sure that they have the funding to support local people in need now and in the colder months.”

A spokesperson for the food bank said: “King’s Lynn is very thankful for any support that the borough council can offer to help local people who are struggling during the cost of living crisis.

The Food Bank in Lynn, Helen Gilbert and a volunteer get ready for the service users Credit Lynn News (56799901)
The Food Bank in Lynn, Helen Gilbert and a volunteer get ready for the service users Credit Lynn News (56799901)

“We look forward to working with the borough council in the hope that in time we can bring about an end for the need of foodbanks in this area altogether.”

The council has ringfenced £15,000 to ensure it has funds to help foodbanks across the borough over the coming year, with £10,000 for Lynn and £5,000 for the other foodbanks.

Leader of the borough council, Stuart Dark, added: “Due to a perfect storm of global events, prices of food, energy and goods are volatile and increasing, leading to a high rate of inflation. We are acutely aware that the cost of living is hitting families hard and we are determined to do everything in our power to relieve their hardship.

The Food Bank in Lynn, Helen Gilbert and a volunteer get ready for the service users Credit Lynn News (56799896)
The Food Bank in Lynn, Helen Gilbert and a volunteer get ready for the service users Credit Lynn News (56799896)

“This money is about helping people with the basics but we know how important quality of life is too, which is why I am also announcing today the return of the Summer of Play discounts in our leisure facilities.”

In the meantime, anyone wishing to help the foodbanks can take in donations, which are always gratefully received.

The Lynn foodbank says that items which would be most useful include soup, tinned meat and fish, tinned rice pudding or custard, pasta sauce, deodorant, sauces, sweet treats, crisps, packet mixes, washing powder and carrier bags for people to use to take items home.



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