Growing need and support for Lynn Foodbank

KingsLynnFoodbankAs it seeks to meet a 44% increase on requests for emergency food parcels King's Lynn Foodbank is benefitting from growing support from its local radio station, supermarkets and the Mayor.

King's Lynn Foodbank are facing continually increasing demand for food from those facing financial crisis.  The charity reports that in the six months up to October they have experienced an increase of 44% in those requesting help, compared to the same period last year.   

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.  King's Lynn Foodbank are now feeding around 200 people every month and since its launch they have given out over 4200 food parcels to adults and children the local area.

Because of the increasing demand on its volunteer team, the Foodbank organisers are currently seeking to raise up to £20,000 to recruit a part-time member of staff to manage the project.

But as the demand increases so too does the support from the local community.  This month King's Lynn Foodbank has been named ‘Charity of the Month’ by local radio station KL.FM which is helping to promote the need.  The Foodbank is also Asda’s green token charity for November and December.

In October the Foodbank benefitted from the Mayor’s Appeal annual Motorbike Run, with almost 100 bikers taking part in a 30-mile ride around West Norfolk. The motorcyclists who were asked to bring bags of food to be given to the Foodbank collected enough food to fill two tables and five large cardboard boxes.

The difference that the emergency provision can make to those facing financial crisis is a lifeline.  One of the clients of the service said: “It really helped me. I don’t know what I would of done without the help. It kept me safe from shop lifting. I’m really thankful.”

Ben Whitmore from Kings Lynn Foodbank said: “The Foodbank is currently feeding over 200 people a month and the generosity of the public is essential for our on-going efforts. We are truly grateful for the food received as part of this initiative”

Kings Lynn Foodbank is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 2pm – 4pm at The Purfleet Trust, 5 St Ann’s Fort, Kings Lynn.

Please contact Andy King by email on andy@kingslynn.foodbank.org.uk if you would like to make a donation.  

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