A FOOD bank is being forced to deliver parcels to homes in rural areas, because families cannot afford fuel to travel into Sleaford for help.
Rod Munro, who runs the Sleaford New Life Community Larder, says he has been driving door-to-door and delivering food to 340 households since April.
However he believes the demand for delivered food parcels will rise as more people struggle to afford travel costs, and are hit by the cold winter weather.
"It is very difficult get to a central point like Sleaford," he said.
"So we are going to go out into the villages in the North Kesteven district area to ensure that families do have something.
"It stops them having to spend money on travel to pick up a food parcel.
"We've identified the need and we want to meet that need wherever possible."
Mr Munro says demand is rising as more families struggle on minimum wage, while others cope with cuts to their housing benefits.
He has seen working families bring their children when asking the Sleaford New Life Community Larder for food help.
"We are seeing a great deal of people who have been reassessed for their benefits and have therefore been left in limbo," Mr Munro explained.
"They have nothing else to turn to apart from food banks across the area.
"I had one lady with two children who said she had £3 to live on for a week, put her hands up and said she couldn't cope."
The food bank, manned by husband and wife team Rod and Annie Munro, says it has seen "unprecedented" numbers after helping 1,100 people over the last year.
However such demand means food bank itself is now struggling.
"We have seen a 20 per cent drop in donations year on year, only because families in general are becoming stuck," Mr Munro added.
Lincolnshire Co-op donated £250 of food to the Sleaford food bank, in a bid to help the charity deal with the increase in demand.
The Sleaford Community Larder was presented with the food donation by Lincolnshire Co-op president Malcolm Hoskins, on Monday, December 2.
The food store is donating £4,500 of goods to 18 food banks across the county.
Mr Hoskins said: "I think it is needed, you only have to speak to these people to see."