Concern over fund support for food bank

Re:Store outreach manager Alan Bailey preparing Christmas food parcels at Skegness Community Larder
Re:Store outreach manager Alan Bailey preparing Christmas food parcels at Skegness Community Larder
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Fears have been raised for what 2015 could hold for some of the most vulnerable members of the community if local funding support is cut in the new year.

Cash from the Lincolnshire Community Assistance Fund is used to provide help for people in financial crisis in the county.

However, doubt has been raised over the future of the Lincolnshire County Council administered fund following the conclusion of a government review in April. It currently provides a vital source of support for food bank service users in Skegness. Doubt over future funding comes at a time when record numbers are using the food bank based at the Storehouse church on North Parade.

Alan Bailey, who manages the re:store outreach service, said: “If the funding ends it is going to affect us quite badly. We will be reliant on voluntary donations and will have to subsidise the service ourselves. It will be necessary to be even more stringent with where our food parcels are going and reduce the number of referrals.”

A record 1,476 people used the food bank in 2013-14 amounting to 14,841 meals and the figure is set to be even higher in the current year.

Coun Sue Woolley, executive member for community engagement, said: “We’re expecting the results of the consultation in the new year and are hopeful the Government will continue to fund the county council to offer the Lincolnshire Community Assistance Fund. In the meantime we are exploring other potential funding options.”