Retired teacher Ruby Stuckey set up Grantham Passage in December 2001 following concerns raised by the clergy in the town about people contacting them with nowhere to live, nowhere to go and a shortage of money.
Ruby said: “There was a problem - people with drug or alcohol problems or people just released from prison, but mostly victims of relationship breakdown.”
Ruby said: “At the moment things are almost at crisis point really - the numbers have increased so much.
“It’s mostly down to benefit changes which can take up to eight weeks. If someone has been working they may have a bit of savings but some people are not very good at saving and live chaotic lives so we provide a hot meal a day at five different church halls.”
Grantham Passage is staffed entirely by volunteers and all costs are met by donations of food or money.
Ruby said: “Grantham people are very, very generous.”