The Lincoln charity where the rise in demand shows worrying rise in cost of living

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A charity based in the city centre has hit record numbers of people in need since it started almost a decade ago. Every week for almost the last ten years, volunteers of the Lincoln branch of the East Coast Homeless Outreach charity (ECHO) have supported people with weekly meals, toiletries and mental health first aid.

The volunteers are dedicated to stopping people from going hungry but have shared that the cost of living crisis is putting more people in a difficult position. This led to the charity experiencing its highest demand, and on Sunday, May 19, the charity served meals to a record amount of 91 people.

This is the highest amount of people that have ever attended the weekly session, with the previous highest being 87 people in February 2024.

Jeannine Thornley, who has volunteered with ECHO for around five years, explained that the charity was initially set

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