Jemma Engledow, of King’s Lynn Foodbank, with the new van. Picture: Ian Burt

A £2,000 donation has helped to pay for a much-needed new van for King’s Lynn Foodbank.

The funding, from the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association Charity Fund, has been used to upgrade the food bank’s transport to help cope with continued rising demand.

From August 2019 to August this year, the food bank, based at TS Vancouver on the South Quay, fed 5,749 people – including 2,089 children.  

Trustee Andy King said: “We saw a huge increase in demand last year after the roll-out of Universal Credit and we’ve seen yet another increase following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have an amazing team which has coped superbly with the rising demand, but we wouldn’t be able to do it without the generosity of charities such as the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association Charity Fund, local businesses and individuals.”

Nick Farrow, chairman of the charity fund, said: “The Royal Warrant Holders’ Charity Fund are pleased and proud to be able to donate to such a worthy cause.  The King’s Lynn Foodbank is doing an amazing job feeding thousands of needy people, nearly half of which are children.”

The food  bank is currently well stocked for food and sanitary products but would appreciate donations of shampoo, conditioner, men’s deodorant and shower gel.

Cash donations to help towards the on-going cost of running the food bank, can be made at https://kingslynn.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

Volunteers are also needed to help at the food bank, especially at its warehouse.

Contact info@kingslynn.foodbank.org.uk for details.