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Lincoln Community Larder marks 30-year anniversary

Lincoln Community Larder marks 30-year anniversary

Lincoln Community Larder is marking 30 years of successfully helping people in need, this August, with a ‘30 for 30’ theme.

In this 30th anniversary year, the Larder is welcoming donations from 30p to £30 to help pay for food parcels for people in crisis. As donations are received, they will be ‘filling’ up the empty bags on the homepage of the Larder website.

“To give people an idea, £30 pays for two food parcels which feeds two adults for three days. However, we are quite low on basic food supplies at the moment, so financial donations help us to supplement donated food to ensure we provide full and nutritionally balanced parcels to those in need,” says charity chairman Alan Wilson.

Still completely volunteer run, the charity first opened its doors on 18 August 1989. It was launched by Mrs Mary Eckmyre, who became aware of the need for a stock of basic food, available at short notice to give to people suffering some form of crisis in their life, making them unable to fend for themselves.

Today, the Larder gives out around 10,700 food parcels annually and last year it served a total of 3,562 people, which breaks down to 2,555 adults and 1,007 children. The Larder has over 35 volunteers to help deliver a dedicated service to people in need. “This includes those who help out at the three food distribution sites, the trustees and of course those in churches, schools at harvest festival time, local organisations and others who regularly collect and bring in donations. We are very fortunate to have so many people willing to help us,” says Alan.

“We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people in crisis who are referred to us by front-line agencies,” adds Alan.

Although the ‘30 for 30’ theme seeks to raise awareness of the work of the Larder and increase financial donations in its 30th anniversary year, the charity is also very grateful for any food donations received.

Donating to the Lincoln Community Larder

For small food donations, please drop them off at the Rosemary Lane site on Tuesday or Friday afternoon, between 13:30 and 15:00, if it’s a large food donation please e-mail lincolncommunitylarder@hotmail.co.uk.

Cash donations can be made online at Local Giving, Just Giving and Virgin Money Giving and the charity is also registered for Gift Aid so this can be claimed for personal donations from UK Taxpayers providing an address.

Local Giving
Just Giving

Direct cash donations are also welcome, as are cheques made payable to Lincoln Community Larder, which can be delivered to The YMCA Annexe, Rosemary Lane, Lincoln, LN2 5AR.

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