Asda collection for Angus Foodbank

Asda staff members manning the collection point in the Forfar store.
Asda staff members manning the collection point in the Forfar store.

Generous customers of Asda Forfar donated a welcome 442 kg of food and £58.12 to Angus foodbank at a recent collection at the store.

Two hundred ASDA stores across the UK took part in Trussell Trust foodbank collections on August 3 and all profits will be donated back to the Trussell Trust foodbanks.

Angus Foodbank provides three days’ emergency food to men, women and children in crisis locally.

Over 90 per cent of the food given out by foodbanks is donated by the public and supermarket collections are one of the main ways that the foodbank is stocked.

Malcolm Brown, foodbank manager, said: “The current economic climate means more and more people are struggling to put food on the table and we really appreciate it when local people give so generously. Rising prices, static incomes and high unemployment are having a real impact for people on the breadline and we’re seeing more people turning to the foodbank for help.”

The foodbank provides a minimum of three days’ emergency food to help people through short term crisis. Each foodbank also signposts people to other local agencies able to help resolve the underlying cause of the crisis.

Angus Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s UK Foodbank Network. The Trussell Trust is currently launching three new UK foodbanks every week to meet demand and gave three days’ emergency food to 346,992 people nationwide in 2012-13, 170 per cent more than in 2011-12.

Foodboxes typically contain items such as tinned fruit and vegetables, tinned meat and fish, pasta, sauces, long-life juice, UHT milk, cereal, tea, rice pudding, biscuits and soup.

Less than five per cent of foodbank clients are homeless, many are working families struggling to make ends meet.