Pictured is Fr Nick Nawrockyi and Lynne Smith, an ordinand in Nick's parish who is due to begin her curacy with them this year. 

A new foodbank has opened at St Francis’ Church, on Sandringham Road in Cleethorpes, as part of the Five Fishes Project, an ecumenical partnership responding to people in need as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The first foodbank in Cleethorpes is a collaboration between the ‘We Are One’ Foundation and Fr Nick Nawrockyi, Vicar of the parishes in Clee and Cleethorpes (Old Clee, St Aidan, Christ Church and St Francis).

The ‘We Are One’ Foundation was founded in 2016 and is based at St Andrew’s Church on Garibaldi Street in Grimsby. It provides support for people facing food poverty including the homeless, people living in hostels, the elderly and those in financial distress. A recent donation of £20,000 from three anonymous donors has enabled the Foundation to expand their work in the community.

Fr Nick said: “The We Are One Foundation has been running a food larder at St Andrew’s Church for some time, and the team began to see a massive rise in demand since the beginning of lockdown. They became aware of the large number of elderly people and struggling families in Cleethorpes and felt the time was right to open a second hub in this area.

 “They approached me about the possibility of a food larder at St Francis and the church is only too happy to help. We’ve been exploring a project like this for some time, and have recently refurbished our store-room and equipped it with freezers. It feels like an answer to prayer – it meant we were able to get the foodbank up and running within a week!

“The Five Fishes Project is supported by multiple churches and Christian organisations, bringing volunteers together from across our two towns, and doing one of the most important things Jesus asked us to do: ‘Love thy neighbour’.”

The foodbank is open every Wednesday and Friday between 11am and 2pm, providing fresh produce, tins and frozen food, as well as toiletries to anyone in need – no one is turned away.

This story was published on Thursday 21st May 2020.