Vital foodbank given award

Left to right: Chairman of Community and Vocational Committee Andrew Quickfall, district governor Margaret Taylor, Storehouse conference and community manager Alan Bailey, Robin Wilkinson president elect Skegness Rotary

Left to right: Chairman of Community and Vocational Committee Andrew Quickfall, district governor Margaret Taylor, Storehouse conference and community manager Alan Bailey, Robin Wilkinson president elect Skegness Rotary

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The work of the Skegness foodbank helping some of the area’s most vulnerable people has been recognised with a national award.

Based at the Storehouse Church on North Parade, The Community Food Larder provides emergency assistance for local residents in financial hardship.

That vital support was recognised last week with the presentation of a Rotary International Service Recognition Award.

The foodbank was chosen for the award by Rotary district governor Margaret Taylor. The club has supported the foodbank for several years including collecting supplies from local schools.

Mrs Taylor said: “Going around the district we decide which projects we feel are helping the local community and organisations that deserve to be recognised.

“Skegness is a town that needs a community larder and without it many people would be without food.

“The work they are doing needs to be highlighted to raise more awareness and support. There is a need and they are filling the need in the Skegness community.”

She added: “We are very happy to present this award and hope that by doing so it will raise the profile of the foodbank and encourage more engagement from the community.”

The foodbank has been operating in its present form for more than three years. In excess of 14,000 meals were provided in 2014-15 and a similar number are set to be supplied this year.

Storehouse community manager Alan Bailey said: “The award will help to raise awareness, as I don’t think people realise some of the issues we have on our doorstep.”

He added: “We need to look at ways of tackling this problem of food poverty. This is an issue for people waiting for benefits, when seasonal work comes to an end or if there is not enough money coming in to cover their debts.”