Lincoln Community Larder

The Lincoln Community Larder, Registered Charity No: 702967 and Winner of the Lincolnshire Community Group of the Year Award 2010 first opened its doors on 18 August 1989 – one of the first foodbanks in the area we believe. The Larder was the creation of Mrs Mary Eckmyre who became aware of the need for a stock of basic food, available at short notice to give to people suffering some form of crisis in their life making them unable to fend for themselves.

Once up and running, the demand for Lincoln Community Larder’s services soon increased as word spread.

What they do

The purpose of the Lincoln Community Larder is to provide basic food for people in crisis. They do this by issuing Larder Vouchers to a variety of agencies in the area who then refer people to us in need of assistance in the form of food and  give 3 days’ worth of food for each person included on the voucher.

Food that is needed:

Tins of: FRUIT, Rice Pudding, Tuna, Meats – (eg stews, meatballs, curries), Hot Dogs, Peas, Carrots, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes.

‘Weetabix’ or own brand equivalent, Other breakfast cereals, Instant Coffee (small jars), Sugar,250g packs, Jam, Marmalade or Lemon Curd, Pasta sauces. Semi-skimmed UHT milk.

Instant Mashed Potato, Biscuits, Puddings, Jellies, ‘Angel Delight’.

Toiletries – They also distribute basic toiletries to our customers if they require them. If you can’t afford to eat, chances are you can’t afford to buy the necessary to keep clean and sweet smelling – which is important if you want to find employment.

They are happy to take soap, shampoo, shower gel, disposable razors, deodorants, handy packs of tissues, toothbrushes, toothpaste and sanitary items.


Thanks, but no thanks!

We don’t want to appear fussy but it has to be said there is a list of items that they prefer not to get – but all for very good reasons:

  • Lasagne sheets – this type of pasta is really only suited to making a lasagne dish, and if you don’t have the rest of the ingredients and maybe no oven, there is not much you can do with it.
  • Kidney beans, lentils, chick peas and any other type of pulses except baked beans – they are given a lot of this type of food and to be perfectly honest, they struggle to use it. Peas, carrots and sweetcorn are firm favourites.

They like to give people some choices in what they eat – because let’s face it, when your life is in crisis, choice is something you don’t get much opportunity to exercise.


Out of date food

Every year the Community Larder are given hundreds of items of out of date food, often by several years! Although it is not illegal to sell or give away food that is past its ‘best before date’, it is their policy not to use this. Just because the food is being given away it doesn’t mean to say its quality or age is not important – they believe it is.


Do they do anything special for Christmas?

They keep back suitable food from Autumn onwards, things such as tinned ham, luxury biscuits, Christmas puddings, chocolate, children’s sweets etc. Depending on what funding they have we might also buy in some extras, eg satsumas, cakes, cheeses, mince pies, chocolate tree decorations….



We will begin collecting food items in reception from Monday the 3rd of December until Thursday the 13th of December, donations made after this time will not make the delivery.

Our donations make a real difference, even if we all brought one item in we could make someone’s Christmas a better one this year.



The Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Education Service have granted permission for us to support this charity.




As of previous years we will be taking part in Operation Christmas Child, providing shoeboxes filled with toys and some essentials which give and enormous sense of joy and worldwide community spirit to young children across the world, who are living in poverty or who have come from war torn situations in search of a better life.

Since 1990, more than 146 million children in over 150 countries have received the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.  We have been a part of this success throughout the years and we hope to make this year our best collection yet.  We have invited all 3 parishes to join us and their shoeboxes will be joining ours on the collection date.

The last date for dropping off shoeboxes is Friday 9th of November.



Link to the OCC website


Children receiving shoeboxes


How to pack a shoebox video


The Journey of a shoebox