Supporting food banks

Food Collection Bin With Basket Of Food 1

From cereal packets to tins of tuna, Lincolnshire Co-op is encouraging people to donate a variety of food in a bid to boost the reserves of local food banks and community larders who are tackling hunger.

Collection bins can be found in each one of Lincolnshire Co-op’s 89 food stores, giving generous shoppers an easy and convenient place to drop off a donation.

Items that could be donated include:

  • Long life milk
  • Tinned goods such as tomatoes, meat, soups, vegetables, fruit, pies and baked beans
  • Coffee and tea
  • Spaghetti and pasta
  • Biscuits
  • Cereal
  • Instant noodles
  • Cuppa soup
  • Bottles of squash

Malcom Shepherd In Font Of Salvation Army Building 1

Gainsborough Salvation Army Community Care Ministries Secretary Malcolm Shepherd spoke to us to explain what food banks mean to people who need them the most: 

"We help a wide range of individuals, from homeless people and those trapped in addiction to others who are unemployed and those who just need enough food to keep going through a difficult time.

"At Christmas, food donations are more important than any other time of the year. It’s a long and tiring process to collect everything we need, but the hope you bring to people’s lives makes it all worth it.

"Last year, I got a call asking if we could help a mother with a child. She’d had lost her husband just three months earlier. We were asked if we could help provide them with some food because they were struggling. We managed to find some food and get it to them just before Christmas Day. Three days later, she came back in floods of tears saying how grateful she was for what we had done.

"We start preparing Christmas in October and from there it’s a big push to get in as much as possible. We add in mince pies, Christmas puddings, sweets and chocolate to what we would send in a standard food donation package.

"During the last festive period, we delivered over 310 parcels in Gainsborough and the need hasn’t dropped since then.

"Before working here, I knew about foodbanks, but when you’re on the ground you become so much more aware how in demand they really are."

To donate to a food bank you can find your nearest store here.