THE STRATHMORE Christian Fellowship of Kirriemuir have started a foodbank in the Angus area to help people in a crisis with free food parcels.
Volunteers were at Asda in Forfar on Saturday (October 6) to accept donations of food and will be at Tesco in Forfar on October 20 in order to carry on their good work and accept donations of non-perishable food.
The supermarket collections are one of the main ways that foodbanks are stocked throughout the UK. Now, as food banks get busier and busier the Strathmore Christian Fellowship are asking people to give generously to help those in need.
Malcolm Brown, foodbank manager for Angus, said: “The current economic climate means more and more people are struggling to put food on the table, so we really need local citizens to give what they can to help.
It’s not just people on low incomes who are feeling the pinch at the moment, increased redundancy and fewer jobs are having a real impact on local people and more people are turning to food banks for help.”
The initiative was initially presented last Wednesday (October 3) to professionals who will identify and connect, individuals and families in crisis, to the food bank.
These professionals include Health Visitors, Doctors, Social Workers, Church and Community Workers.
The event was also attended by Provost Helen Oswald.
Malcolm Brown continued: “We look forward to seeing the Angus foodbank growing and serving the community initially in the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas then across the whole of Angus in the coming months.
“Food distribution is already undertaken in some of the Angus Burghs and we hope to develop a working relationship with them.”
The food bank is an initiative of The Trussell Trust, a Christian based organisation, committed to launching life changing, community-based projects. The Trussell Trust runs the UK’s only network of food banks.
It operates more than 200 food banks across the UK, including 10 in Scotland.