King’s Lynn Foodbank volunteers in the new cafe area. Picture: Matthew Usher

King’s Lynn Foodbank has made an urgent appeal for donations to help it meet a growing demand for help.

The charity, based at TS Vancouver on South Quay, provides three-day emergency food parcels to those in desperate need, including families in the area.

Foodbank co-ordinator Maarten Klem said the facility had seen a 20 per cent increase in demand since Universal Credit was rolled out in November, with the food bank now feeding around 530 people a month.

To meet this increase in demand, the food bank urgently needs donations of tinned meat such as corned beef, UHT milk, small bottles of squash, tinned puddings, spreads and tinned tomatoes to help fill its shelves.

“King’s Lynn Foodbank is a community food bank and we rely on donations from the general public and businesses,” Mr Klem said.

“We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the help of the community.”

Donations can be dropped off at the centre between 12.30pm and 2.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Food bank volunteers distribute 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 South Quay base has recently been revamped to provide a warmer welcome to clients.

Cafe-style tables have been set up where clients can enjoy a hot drink, cake and biscuits while they wait for  their food and get additional help from volunteers.

Mr  Klem added: “We wanted to create  a better environment to interact with people, where they can feel more relaxed. 

“The feedback we have had has been good and we can see people are engaging more with us.”

The food bank is busy organising its summer food drive and is looking for volunteers to lend a hand.

It is partnering with Lynn’s Hardwick Tesco to run collections at the store on Thursday July 4, Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6.

If you can help, email: info@kingslynn.foodbank.org.uk including “summer food drive” in the subject line.

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