Factory worker Rimuvydas Kviklys turned to crime to feed his family after his place of work was temporarily forced to close.
Rory Macmillan, defending, told the court Kviklys, who works as a co-ordinator for agency workers at PAS in Easton, hit on hard times when the factory closed for a month early this summer.
Kviklys went into Asda in Grantham on August 7 and attempted to steal £105.84 worth of groceries.
Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said: “He told police he had no money and took the items to feed his family as he had some money problems at the time.”
Mr Macmillan told the court Kviklys, of Harris Way, Grantham, is the father of two children aged nine and one.
Mr Macmillan said: “The factory where he works was closed for a month and for that month he had no savings to rely on.
“He is very sorry for his actions and says he will never repeat that again. Thankfully, the factory has re-opened so he has no money problems.”
Kviklys, 32, admitted theft. He was fined £160 and must pay £85 costs and a £20 surcharge.
Chair of magistrates Miss Jennings said: “We have taken into account your early guilty plea and your remorse.”