Foodbanks in Lincolnshire experiencing increasing demand due to cost of living crisis

Food banks in Lincolnshire have said that the number of people using their services “will only escalate” in the coming months after experiencing an increase in demand. The cost of living crisis has led to a rise in energy bills across the country, along with fuel and shopping prices.

Food banks are a source of vital support for a lot of people and more people may turn to them as a result of the strain of increasing prices. Isabel Forrester runs the Horncastle Community Larder food bank and said that she has already seen an increase in people using the service as a result of the cost of living.

She said: “There has been an increase in the past two months but I think it will only escalate from here. It might bob along over the summer but as soon as bad weather hits it will hit a crisis point.

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“It is catastrophic, the situation is going to get absolutely horrific. A loan from the government is not enough.”

Ms Forrester said that the food bank has stockpiled items in preparation for the coming months and has experienced low donations in the past two months. She said that whilst donations are now coming up again, she is already preparing for how people can be supported in October when the weather gets cold again.

She said that the food parcels given out by the food bank are getting smaller due to the increasing demand. She said: “It’s a constant juggling act to try and work out what we can realistically give whilst being as generous as we can.

“Rates are up from last year already and are going up month by month and I can’t see it going the other way unless something is done about the cost of living crisis.”

John Huxtable, a volunteer at Branston Community Larder said: “We have seen an increase in demand. A month ago we were fully stocked and that has been depleted over the last few weeks.

“We have a feeling that because of the people who contribute to the foodbank, [the food parcels] won’t go down but won’t keep pace with the demand going out. From Autumn when the energy bills really take a hike we aren’t sure what is going to happen.”

Paul Glover is a part-time volunteer at the Alford Storehouse Church foodbank. He said: “We haven’t seen a massive increase yet, I think people still don’t want to come as they might be embarrassed to ask for help.

“I think it will happen, everyone is finding it hard. I’m surprised [there hasn’t been an increase] because everything has gone up.”

He added: “All you have to do is ring us up, if you want a food parcel we are here to give it out and there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. You’re only one pay packet away from a food parcel.”

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