Fruitful start for new Angus Foodbank

Foodbank distribution centre in Kirriemuir with volunteers Stuart Nicoll and David Lilburn packing the boxes and bags with various kinds of necessary items.
Foodbank distribution centre in Kirriemuir with volunteers Stuart Nicoll and David Lilburn packing the boxes and bags with various kinds of necessary items.

THE ANGUS Foodbank has had a very busy and successful six months.

Between October 3 and April 3, The Angus Foodbank has helped a total of 42 people in the Kirriemuir and Dean Ward be fed in a crisis via its premises at 42 Bank Street, Kirriemuir, which also houses Bridges Coffee House.

The Angus Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust but is managed by the Strathmore Christian Fellowship and is based in Kirrie.

The Angus Foodbank wishes to thank everyone who has supported them since their launch in October, 2012.

They say they would not have been able to provide emergency food if it had not been for the generosity of the people of Angus.

The work of the Angus Foodbank has helped to enable people in Kirriemuir, Monifieth, Forfar and Brechin get involved in community action by working together to support local people in crisis.

This has been possible and achieved through the charity’s partnership work with other local groups which currently includes three supermarkets (Tesco, Asda and the Co-op), three schools, 10 churches, 26 front-line care professional organisations and 50 active volunteers.

Malcolm Brown, the project manager at the Angus Foodbank, said: “I am humbled by the generosity of the people of Kirriemuir who are supporting Angus Foodbank by dropping off donations of food at Bridges Coffee House and making financial donations. Thank you all.”

A client who was in crisis, due to benefit delays and who received a food parcel just before Christmas, said: “This restores my faith in people. Thank you so much.”

A client who had suffered a sudden injury causing them to be off work long-term, and whose sick pay had reduced and was waiting for benefits to kick in, said: “It was so humiliating to admit that I can’t feed my family. Getting this food is a lifeline for me.”

A total of 253 people have been fed, and 78 children, by the Angus Foodbank in the last six months throughout Angus.

A total of 4,393 kg of food has been donated and 2,168 kg of food has been distributed by the charity.

The Angus Foodbank would “really appreciate” any donations of pasta sauces, tinned sponge pudding, tinned tomatoes, cereals, rice pudding, tea bags and instant coffee, instant mash potato, rice and pasta, tinned meat and fish, tinned fruit, jam, biscuits or snack bars, UHT or powdered milk, 500 gram bags of sugar, long life fruit juice and tinned vegetables.

Donations can be dropped off at Bridges Coffee House, 42 Bank Street, Kirriemuir, or at the Brechin Baptist Fellowship, 16 Clerk Street, Brechin.

For more information you can e-mail info@angus.foodbank.org,uk or visit the website www.angus.foosbank.org.uk