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From left: Ann Sargeant from Boston Foodbank, Chas Sandhu from Agape Foodbank, Ian Evans from Boston Foodbank, Paul Durden from Boston Foodbank, Carol Cantellow from Boston Foodbank and Lincolnshire Co-ops Skirbeck Road Food Store Manager Michelle Brocklesby.

From left: Ann Sargeant from Boston Foodbank, Chas Sandhu from Agape Foodbank, Ian Evans from Boston Foodbank, Paul Durden from Boston Foodbank, Carol Cantellow from Boston Foodbank and Lincolnshire Co-ops Skirbeck Road Food Store Manager Michelle Brocklesby.

Boston Foodbank has been given a £250 package by Lincolnshire Co-op to help out the service in the run up to Christmas.

They were given the package, along with South Holland-based Agape Care Foodbank, at the Skirbeck Road Food Store, in Boston.

Project Manager for Boston Foodbank Ian Evans said: “We’ve seen a threefold increase in demand over the past few months so donations like this one really help.

“We’re also planning to make up Christmas hampers too.”

Lincolnshire Co-op has made a donation of more than 7,000 items to food banks across the county and Newark.

In total, £4,500 worth of food will be donated in £250 packages to 18 food banks.

Each pack featured 418 products including 24 tins of peas, 12 jars of pasta sauce, 12 bags of porridge oats and 24 litres of UHT milk.

The donation comes as the Trussell Trust reports a 170 per cent rise in the number of people turning to food banks in the last 12 months.

Food banks are designed to help people experiencing a short term crisis.

Care agencies give a client a voucher which is handed over at a food bank in return for three days’ worth of food.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s supply chain manager Nicola Berry said: “We’re really pleased to be able to support people in our communities and we know that our donation will help the food banks to provide for many people in need over the festive period.”

A spokesman said members of Lincolnshire Co-op can support their local food bank by selecting them as their Community Champion.

This means every time they shop and use their dividend card a donation from the Community Champions pot will go to their chosen food bank all year round.

To register and select a foodbank visit www.lincolnshire.coop

 

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