Government cash boost backs community in Brigg

Community Advice and Support
14:37, Tuesday, 2nd April 2024

A Brigg-based community food pantry has been supported to scale up its operations and help more people stay safe and well.

At the monthly pantry, which is run solely by volunteers, families can make a £4 donation and receive a basket of food stocked with items including fresh fruit and vegetables, cereals, bread and more.

Now, a £6,000 grant from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) has enabled the food bank to go further, funding trolleys to stock more groceries, as well as water heaters and a drinks machine, ensuring families can also receive a hot drink.

On top of this there are also plans to build a conference facility, helping residents to access energy saving strategies and other top tips to help family finances go further.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “I’m really pleased that this Government cash is going to this community group. The army of volunteers who make a difference to so many every single day are incredible.

“North Lincolnshire is awash with exceptional community spirit and it is at places like Brigg’s Community Food Pantry where this shines brightest.”

Photo shows exterior of Oikos shop on Wrawby Street, Brigg

The Community Food Pantry, which is located at the Oikos-Brigg shop on Wrawby Street, makes a huge difference to local people.

One resident said: “Absolutely life-saving – a godsend. A good variety of food. System works very well. Welcoming and helpful.”

“Happy, friendly, caring people. Always made to feel welcome”, another user added.

To find out more about the pantry, visit their Facebook page.

For more information on accessing grants and the support available to your organisation, please visit the Invest in North Lincolnshire website.