Lynn Foodbank feels impact of welfare reform

Following its busiest month yet, King’s Lynn Foodbank has issued an appeal to local churches asking for regular donations of food to meet the growing need amongst struggling Kings Lynn residents. 

King’s Lynn Foodbank has issued an appeal to members of local congregations to donate an item or two of food on a regular basis to help feed a growing number of local people in need.

Andy King, a member of the King's Lynn Foodbank Steering Committee, said:  “With the effects of welfare reform and the ongoing economic difficulties hitting King’s Lynn residents, it's no wonder the King’s Lynn Foodbank has had its busiest month to date. Last month we fed 242 people - staggering for a town of our size. Last week alone we fed 60 people.”

King's Lynn Foodbank, an initiative of King's Lynn Churches Together with help from homeless charity, The Purfleet Trust, opened its doors in October 2011.  It is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 2pm – 4pm at The Purfleet Trust, 5 St Ann’s Fort.

The Foodbank provides food parcels with 3-4 days’ food to people in economic crisis to help bridge the gap whilst their situation stabilises. All vouchers are issued by local partner agencies such as social services, GPs, the Citizens Advice Bureau and health workers.

Kings Lynn Foodbank is in immediate need of items including: milk (UHT or powdered), sugar, fruit juice (carton), puddings (tinned), tomatoes (tinned), cereals, tea bags, instant coffee, Instant mash potato, rice, tinned meat/fish, tinned fruit, jam, biscuits or snack bars.  At present, there is no immediate need for beans, pasta, soup or pasta sauces.

It would be appreciated if collections could be delivered to the Foodbank during opening hours at St. Ann’s Fort, King's Lynn, PE30 1QS.

Andy King said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people in Kings Lynn since we've opened. We couldn't satisfy the demand for our service without their help.”

To contact King’s Lynn Foodbank call 01553 763015 or email Kevan Crane, Centre Manager on

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