Pop-up Lincoln food bank organised for Calais refugees

A food bank will be set up next month in Lincoln to collect supplies for refugees at Calais encampments.

The event will take place at the car park of Bishop Grosseteste University on Longdales Road, Lincoln on Saturday, October 8.

Residents will be able to donate food between 8am to 3pm, which will go towards the 9,000 people living in the Calais refugee camp.

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Priority items needed are:

  • Tinned fish
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Tinned kidney beans
  • Tinned chick peas
  • Plain flour
  • Rice
  • Spaghetti
  • Sugar
  • UHT milk
  • Tea bags
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Spices
  • Lemon
  • Honey

Charities are also asking for urgent donations of backpacks, suitcases, tents, sleeping bags and mats.

Charities are warning that they no longer have enough donated food to feed the rapidly growing population of refugees in the camp in Calais, with supplies running out on a daily basis.

People are at the camp for different reasons and many are fleeing war and conflict in their home countries.

Mortons Media Group in Horncastle have already donated the use of a vehicle to transport the goods to the nearest distribution warehouse and packaging materials to help ahead of the collection.

Holly Munro, 33, who has helped set up the food bank, said:

“I never have to think too hard about where my next meal is coming from and the thought that someone somewhere goes hungry breaks my heart.

“I realise there are big problems all over the world and perhaps we can’t fix them overnight with a local food collection but there are lots of other similar projects going on in other parts of the country and together it really helps.”

Any donations not suitable for the Calais kitchens will be taken to the Nomad Trust and to local food banks.