Case Studies

Lincoln Community Larder – The cases below reflect the people we see and the types of situations they find themselves in. Details have been changed to protect their identity. Every case is different but the same theme runs throughout all of them – not enough funds to buy food.


Jason is a single 19 year old man who is estranged from his family. He cannot find work and lives on JobSeeker’s Allowance of £57.90 per week.

Jason has a room in a house of multiple occupation – sharing the kitchen and bathroom with the other occupants. After cashing his benefit one week and going shopping, Jason had all his food stolen from the communal kitchen.

He had no means of buying more food so was very relieved to receive a Lincoln Community Larder Voucher which bridged the gap until his next benefit payment was due.


Jim is aged 55 and lives alone. The factory he worked for closed down some months ago and he now gets JobSeeker’s Allowance of £73.10 per week. This money has to pay for everything apart from his rent and part of his council tax, which are covered by benefits. After paying for his gas, electricity, water, travel expenses to the JobCentre and something towards the modest credit card bill he ran up whilst working, he is left with just £10 per week for food.

A Lincoln Community Larder Voucher meant that for a few days at least, Jim ate a little better than he had for several weeks.

Susan and Dennis

Susan and Dennis have four children aged between 6 and 18 years, all at school or college. Dennis works in sales and the major portion of his salary is made up of commission. Susan was made redundant 3 months ago.

Dennis was ill recently and off work for 8 weeks. His first couple of pay packets after returning to work comprised just his basic wage which was very low and barely covered the mortgage, council tax and fuel. Susan was very distressed to find herself unable to feed the children unless she borrowed money that she would struggle to pay back.

The family were issued with a Lincoln Community Larder Voucher for two adults and four children and their next problem was carrying all the food home.


Tracey is a single mum with two school aged children. She works part time but really struggles to make ends meet. She recently went slightly overdrawn at the bank and the resulting exorbitant bank charges have left her with a big hole in her already tight budget. Without a helping hand from the Lincoln Community Larder, Tracey would have been unable to put food on the table.


Julie is a widowed mother of three children and receives Widowed Parent’s Benefit. Someone maliciously and falsely reported her for failing to declare that she was co-habiting with a man she was dating. Despite there being no evidence to support this claim, the DWP stopped her money. An Appeal Tribunal did reinstate her benefits, however she had to wait 6 months for her case to be dealt with, during which time her only income was Child Tax Credits and Child Benefit. A few Lincoln Community Larder vouchers during this period eased Julie’s desperate situation.


Gemma has been on Jobseeker’s Allowance for well over a year and in that time has applied for countless jobs. She was recently matched to a job by the JobCentre but failed to apply for it as she had already applied for, and been turned down for the same job a few weeks previously. This explanation was not accepted by the JobCentre and she was sanctioned, meaning she didn’t get any money, for 2 weeks. Because Gemma had been on benefits for so long she didn’t have any money put aside to cover such an emergency so was issued with a Lincoln Community Larder Voucher so she could at least eat.

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