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Food bank finds new home in King's Lynn town centre

A Lynn-based foodbank has found a new home after an uncertain few months following the sale of its previous premises.

The King’s Lynn Foodbank is taking up residence at the Sea Cadets, on St Margaret’s Lane, from Monday.

The food bank, which will be open from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, has been distributing emergency food supplies from its temporary premise at the Purfleet Trust since March, following the sale of its previous home at The Red Cross on Austin Fields.

Sea Cadets building (2374765)
Sea Cadets building (2374765)

Food bank trustee Andy King says the move marks the end of a challenging time and is delighted to be working with the Sea Cadets.

He said: “It’s taken us months to find a suitable building.

“So we’re delighted to be working with the Sea Cadets.

“The building is in a great location, there’s plenty of space to sit down with people over a tea or coffee and there’s space available if we need to talk with someone in private.”

With the roll-out of Universal Credit coming in November, the food bank has been bracing itself for a further upturn in demand.

The service fed 4,406 people in 2017 to 2018, including 1,554 children, which is an increase of 16 per cent from the previous year.

Mr King added: “It is a modern tragedy that we even exist.

“In a country as rich as ours, nobody should be in a position where they have to rely on a food bank.

“Nevertheless, we exist to treat people with compassion and to provide hope and dignity to people in crisis.”

For more information or to donate to the food bank, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/kingslynnfoodbank

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