YMCA Lincolnshire and Lincoln Food Larder Join Forces

The Lincoln Community Larder has found new storage premises after being given notice to leave its previous property earlier this year.

The Larder has joined forces with YMCA Lincolnshire, and now shares the YMCA’s furniture recycling warehouse on Monks Way.

In June this year it was reported that Lincoln Community Larder had to leave its warehouse urgently.
After an appeal on social media and local press, YMCA Lincolnshire contacted Lincoln Community Larder to offer help.

The two organisations share similar missions; they both aim to help those most in need in Lincolnshire.

Caroline Killeavy, CEO at YMCA Lincolnshire, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer part of our warehouse space to Lincoln Community Larder, providing support to the brilliant work it does.

“At YMCA Lincolnshire we aim to maintain and improve vital services for some of the most vulnerable people in Lincoln – a mission that is very similar to that of Lincoln Community Larder’s. With that in mind, when we saw the appeal for warehouse space we simply couldn’t ignore it.

“This is a great example of local charities supporting each other and ensuring services to those most in need are maintained and improved.”

The Lincoln Community Larder provides a minimum of three days’ emergency food to support people in crisis, feeding between 30 and 50 people a week.

YMCA Lincolnshire’s Nomad project provides a safe place for rough sleepers, offering them a bed and warm home-cooked meals. Last year the charity supported over 250 people.

Tina James, Lincoln Community Larder Co-ordinator said “We are extremely grateful to YMCA Lincolnshire for offering us space in its warehouse, particularly as we are entering our busiest time of year, Harvest Festival.

“Over September and October we receive enormous quantities of food donated by schools and churches which all have to be sorted for the year ahead, so it was very important to have somewhere to store the generous donations. This is also an excellent opportunity for us to further strengthen our relationship with YMCA Lincolnshire who has been actively supporting us for over 20 years.”