Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I see people coming away from the Larder and other foodbank type organisations with branded goods. Why is this?
A: The reason is simply because these branded goods have been donated by members of the public. Anything we buy in is from the supermarket’s own basic range.

Q: Where does the rest of the food come from?
A: We shop on line and have a large delivery from Sainsbury’s every Tuesday.

Q: Do you have to pay for this?
A: Oh yes, and no we don’t get any discount, but Sainsbury’s do very generously give us bread once a week that is almost at its sell by date. We are very grateful for this.

Q: Does any other company give you anything?
A: Yes, we get potatoes given to us by Branston Potatoes every week. ASDA in North Hykeham have a trolley by their checkout on a permanent basis which attracts a lot of donations and is very welcome.

Q: How much food is donated by the public?
A: It is difficult to quantify but we get a lot of donations of food. Every week we take in bags full from church groups, clubs and individuals. We would struggle to keep going without these donations.

Q: Do you ever experience any problems from clients?
A: It is very unusual to find someone who is aggressive or rude. We do however have the occasional problem with people who have not been referred by an agency.

Q: What would you most like to see donated regularly?
A: Tinned fruit, stews/curries/meatballs, UHT milk, coffee, hot dogs, tuna. These are the items we are having to purchase most weeks.

Q: What category of people do you see most of?
A: Single men is the biggest group.

Q: Can people just turn up and be given food?
A: Only if they have been referred by an agency. It would be very unusual for us to give out food without a referral.

Q: How do you know that people aren’t getting food from more than one charity.
A: There are two major sources of food for people in need in Lincoln, ourselves and the Foodbank, which comes under the banner of the Trussell Trust. We use a centralised online referral system which enables us to cross check with the Foodbank to ensure we are not being exploited but so far we haven’t any evidence that this is happening.

Q: I’ve seen people arriving at the Larder by car. Surely if they can afford a car they can afford to feed themselves.
A: It may well not be their own car, they may be being helped out by a relative, friend or neighbour. If it is their car bear in mind that if someone loses their job, and then sell their car to provide money for basic living expenses, that may have a huge impact on their ability to find work in the future. People who run cars yet need to get food from the Larder usually do so for only a limited period.

Q: Do you do anything special for Christmas?
A: We keep back suitable food from Autumn onwards, things such as tinned ham, salmon, luxury biscuits, Christmas puddings, chocolate, children’s sweets etc. Depending on what funding we have we might also buy in some extras, eg satsumas, cakes, cheeses, mince pies, chocolate tree decorations….

Contact Us

Lincoln Community Larder
YMCA Annexe
Rosemary Lane
Lincoln LN2 5AR

01522 569291



Registered Charity number 1175176

Opening Times

Tuesdays and Fridays from 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Addison Drive, LN2 4LQ
Wednesday 10.30am to 11.30am and
Friday 10am to 11am

Laughton Way, LN2 2ES
Wednesday 9.30am to 10.30am

9 Lincoln Road, Welton, LN2 3HZ
Thursday 1.30pm to 3.00pm

High Street, Martin LN4 3QY
Tuesdays 3pm to 4pm.

The Crescent, Wragby, LN8 5RF
Tuesdays 3.00pm to 4.00pm
with deliveries if required
Text ‘Food’ to 07962160127 (for a call back) or email

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