New Life Community Larder in Sleaford helps to feed more than 700 people
HAVING helped to feed more than 700 people in the district last year the New Life Community Larder in Sleaford is battling to combat a national problem.
The organisation, which is entirely staffed by volunteers, is able to provide a three day supply of food items for those who find themselves in temporary hardship with no other source of money or support.
Annie Munro, who runs the Community Larder with husband Rod said: “Our motto is 'by the community, for the community' and that really is our philosophy - it is totally reliant on local support to enable us to support local people across the North Kesteven area.”
Since the organisation set up in Sleaford four years ago it has seen a dramatic increase in demand from around 250 people in 2009 to more than 700 in 2012 which reflects the national figures where it is estimated 128,000 people were helped by food-banks around the country during 2011 to 2012.
Mrs Munro said the group helped a wide range of people in need from those who have had delays in receiving their benefits or sudden changes in their benefits provision to those who have left abusive situations in a hurry.
She added: “We anticipate that changes to housing benefit rules and disability payments will also have a significant impact on the numbers of people being referred.”
Individuals and families get referred to the larder by local agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureux, local NHS or social services teams, housing associations, Job Centre Plus or any group that may come into contact with people who are in difficulty.
The group are well supported by local schools and churches through their annual harvest festival services but also through a wide variety of groups including the RAF, local shops, a local gym, women’s institute groups and other local groups.
If you would like to support the New Life Community Larder contact 01529 413 063.