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 altering the vouchers, adding in extra children or adults, but we usually spot this.

Q: What action do you take if this happens?
A: Anyone falsifying a voucher will find themselves banned from using the Larder for a period of time, but not less than one year. We also reserve the right to inform the Police and take further action if we believe it is necessary. This doesn’t happen that often.

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 a Larder Voucher. It would be very unusual for us to give out food without a Voucher.

Q: How do you know that people aren’t getting food from more than one charity.
A: There are only two major sources of food for people in need in Lincoln, ourselves and the Foodbank, which comes under the banner of the Trussell Trust and is administered by ACTS Trust, part of the Alive Church. We do try to cross check with the Foodbank to check 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



Opening Times

Tuesdays and Fridays from 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Addison Drive, LN2 4LQ
Wednesday 11am to 12 noon and
Friday 9.30am to 10.30am

Wednesday 9.30am to 10.30am

Registered Charity number 1175176

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