King’s Lynn Foodbank is happily settled into its new home at the town’s sea cadets headquarters.
After an appeal in Your Local Paper in March, Lynn Sea Cadets offered the food bank the use of its building after learning the facility desperately needed a new home.
The food bank had 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 at Austin Fields.
Last Monday the food bank moved into the TS Vancover building on St Margaret’s Lane, which the sea cadets continue to use on Tuesday and Friday evenings.
The new building has room for distribution, storing food, serving refreshments and space upstairs for administration work and to make calls on behalf of clients.
Food bank co-ordinator Maarten Klem said: “It’s so great to have our own space again, and lots of it.
“We have got the ability now to start fulfilling the vision we have for the future which is to have a cafe atmosphere where people can drop in and feel comfortable, relaxed and be able to get a food parcel and receive good advice and be encouraged on their journey.”
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.
Alison Clark from Lynn Sea Cadets said: “It’s nice to have them on board and it’s brilliant that it is going so well.”
The food bank urgently needs donations of rice puddings, tinned tomatoes and 750ml or one-litre bottles of squash and juice.
Donations can be taken to the food bank from Monday to Friday, 12.30pm to 2.30pm.