Grantham Foodbank started operating from its new larger premises on Greyfriars last week.
Since its launch in July 2011 the foodbank has been based at St Catherine’s Road, but with the help of Grantham Estates they have secured a more suitable site in the old home of Brewers Electrical, allowing ground-level storage of their food donations which can sometimes amount to up to four tonnes.
The larger space is also enabling the foodbank to expand its services, by providing warm clothing, essential household items and professional advice to poverty-stricken families.
Grantham foodbank project co-ordinator, Brian Hanbury, said: “This move will allow us to extend our work, beyond providing food help, to establish money management support and training, giving another safety net and tools for self help for those in crisis.“
The move commenced last week when a team of volunteers from the Mars Company at Melton Mowbray brought trucks and manpower to re-establish the warehouse at Greyfriars.
The distribution centre will remain at St Catherine’s Road until later this month.
Chair of the trustees Reverend Ian Worrall added: “The work of Grantham foodbank really does depend on the generosity of the people of the Grantham area in giving food, time and money to support those in need in our community. On behalf of those we help ‘a big thank you and God bless’ to everyone who has helped in any way. ”