Back from left, Jo Davis, Sean Moore, Sarah Vonk and Alison Clark. Front from left, James Clark and Oliver Davis. Picture: Tony Jones

King’s Lynn Foodbank has a much needed new home following an appeal in Your Local Paper.

In March we reported the facility, which fed 4,406 people last year, could be without a home if new premises could not be found.

It has been operating temporarily from a room at the Purfleet Trust charity for the homeless, following the sale of its previous home at The Red Cross building on Austin Fields, but urgently needed a new home.

Following our appeal food bank trustees were contacted by Alison Clark from Lynn Sea Cadets offering them use of its building on St Margaret’s Lane.

The food bank will operate from the Sea Cadets building from next Monday, June 11, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

The Sea Cadets will continue to use the building as usual on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

Mrs Clark said: “I saw the story on the front page of Your Local Paper and really wanted to help as it’s a cause close to my heart.

“TS Vancouver the King’s Lynn Sea Cadets have an absolutely beautiful building and plenty of room so we thought we would try the two together. I’m so pleased it has all come together – it feels like it was meant to be. We are absolutely thrilled.”

Food bank trustee Andy King said: “We are overjoyed. It ticks so many boxes for us. It’s ideal in terms of location and size – it’s perfect.

“There is space for all that we  would want – distribution, storing food, serving tea, coffee and cake and space upstairs to do administration work and make calls on behalf of clients.

“We’d like to thank YLP so much for the support you have given us at the paper.”

The food bank distributes three-day emergency food parcels to people who have been given a voucher from one of 120 local organisations including schools, doctors’ surgeries, social services and housing associations.

The service fed 4,406 people in 2017/18 (including 1,554 children), an increase of 16 per cent from the previous year.

Mr King added: “With the roll-out of Universal Credit expected in November, the food bank is bracing itself for a further upturn in demand.

“It’s a modern tragedy that we even exist. In a country as rich as ours nobody should be in a position where they have to rely on a food bank.

“Nevertheless, we exist to treat people with compassion and to provide hope and dignity to people in crisis.”