Food bank project manager Helen Gilbert. Picture: Paul Tibbs.

King’s Lynn Foodbank is changing its opening hours to allow volunteers time to restock and meet a huge increase in demand.

Project co-ordinator Helen Gilbert said demand for the food bank had soared in the last week, with the charity feeding 205 people, compared to around 90 in a normal week.

In order to have time to collect donations and restock, the charity will now be closed on Wednesdays. This week opening hours remain from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. From next week the opening hours will change to noon to 2pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Mrs Gilbert explained: “We are shutting on Wednesdays to give us a chance to stock up, collect food and do what we need to do in order to stay open.There is no cause for panic, we are still open the rest of the time.”

Thanks to financial donations the food bank has money to buy extra supplies but is looking for wholesalers it could use.

Tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables and pasta sauces could start to run out in around three weeks time so donations of these items are much-needed.

The food bank has had lots of offers of fresh food but has a limited amount of space in which to store it.

Mrs Gilbert said she was also very grateful for the loan of a van for the next month from an anonymous benefactor, enabling the charity to collect and distribute more supplies.

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