The Lincoln Community Larder has opened a new outreach site in Welton to provide basic nutritious food for an increasing number of those in rural areas who are in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Operating out of St Mary’s Church, Welton, each Thursday afternoon, between 1.30 and 3.00pm, this new Larder site is a community effort, run by volunteers from local churches in the Welton area.
Reverend Paul Ievins, who is behind this launch said, “Prompted by the current crisis, the churches of the Welton area felt called to help local people struggling to put food on the table.”
“We recognised that for some people it’s just too difficult or expensive to travel into Lincoln to access a food bank, so we wanted to provide a local service for our rural communities.”
Paul explained, “We provide an emergency three-day food parcel to people with a Larder voucher obtained from organisations such as the Benefits Office, Citizens Advice, CAP (Christians Against Poverty), and locally through Church leaders and the Parish Council Offices. Full details of how to obtain a voucher can, however, be found on the Lincoln Community Larder website.”
Paul continued, “We opened for the first time on Maundy Thursday and managed to meet the needs of our first clients. However, we would very much welcome any food or financial donations to help support us at this crucial time.”
Lincoln Community Larder Chairman, Alan Wilson, said, “We very much welcome this addition to our charitable organisation. Our policy has always been to give immediate help to those in need and the establishment of a local distribution site in Welton, particularly during this unprecedented time, will enable more people in rural communities to access our services.”
The Lincoln Community Larder is an independent registered charity, run entirely by volunteers, and has been helping local people in crisis for over 30 years.
Lincoln Community Larder opening times:
YMCA Annexe, Rosemary Lane, LN2 5AR
Tuesdays and Fridays from 1.30pm to 3.00pm
St Giles Methodist Church
Addison Drive, LN2 4LQ
Wednesday 11am to 12 noon and
Friday 9.30am to 10.30am
St John the Baptist Parish Church Hall
Laughton Way, LN2 2ES
Wednesday 9.30am to 10.30am
St Mary’s Church
Lincoln Road, Welton. LN2 3HZ
Thursday 1.30pm to 3.00pm
To find out more about Lincoln Community Larder or to make a food or financial donation, visit their website: www.lincolnlarder.co.uk.