Sheringham church feeds needy local families
Lighthouse Community Church in Sheringham provided fruit and vegetable parcels for 86 North Norfolk families over the February half term, following a successful packed lunch project last October. Tony Rothe reports.
A team of volunteers gathered at the church on the Tuesday of half term to compile the food parcels from the supplies of fruit, vegetables and eggs which had been provided by Sheringham greengrocers Dawn Fresh at a generous discount.
Another team of volunteer drivers distributed the bags of food on the Wednesday to households in Sheringham, Cromer, Holt, Bodham, Northrepps, and surrounding villages.
The initiative started last October when Lighthouse Community Church, determined to provide some help to the community during pandemic restrictions, contacted North Norfolk Children’s Services to see what they could do. From this, Operation Packed Lunch was conceived in order to provide packed lunches, as the name suggests, for vulnerable families, on four days during October Half Term.
Following the success of that project, schools, and nurseries in Sheringham and Cromer were approached again to invite families to apply for the free food parcels this time. 86 food parcels were distributed, providing food for over 200 children and their families.
Lighthouse café manager Maggie Rothe co-ordinated the project, along with church minister Ian Savory and youth minister Pete Skivington. Maggie said “We felt we really needed to just help families in our local community at this time. There are clearly families in need in North Norfolk, and we were very happy to help in this small way.”
Much of the funding for the scheme, along with last October’s project, was been provided by the Sheringham Poors and Ploughlet Trust, along with a number of other donations of cash and food.
Ian Savory, senior leader at Lighthouse, who made some of the deliveries, said “It’s great to go out there and simply provide help where it is needed. We will be looking to see what further schemes we can run in future, especially when restrictions ease and we can start to use Lighthouse Café again.”
The pictures of the food parcels being prepared at Lighthouse are courtesy of Sue Savory.