Serving The Community Food Bank For 20 years – The Lord’s Larder
The Lord’s Larder Food Bank is a local ‘bank’ of non-perishable food operated by volunteers from churches in and around Yeovil.
It began in a small way 20 years ago in 1991 when a representative of Yeovil Citizens’ Advice Bureau spoke about the need for emergency food to a member of one of the churches in Yeovil. It is now supplied by over 30 local churches, 20 schools and several community groups.
Between 1996 and 2010, there was a seven-fold increase in supply and demand for the project. Last year in 2010, over 30,000 items of food were given out via 60 different agencies to 1300 adults and 776 children in an area covering Yeovil to Crewkerne to Glastonbury, across to Wincanton and Sherborne.
How the Larder Works
· Food and money are donated throughout the year by local churches, businesses, schools and charities.
· Volunteers sort & store all donations of food in a purpose built larder.
· Requests for food are made by phone through recognized agencies, who then collect the parcels to hand on to their clients, (please note we do not supply food to individuals on direct request to The Lord’s Larder Food Bank.)
· Emergency food parcels are made up by the volunteers, according to need.
For more information see our website www.ycstyeovil.org.uk