MORAY Foodbank has provided almost double the number of emergency food aid boxes it predicted.
Established last March in conjunction with Community Food Moray and the UK charity The Trussell Trust, demand in the first year was expected to reach 1000 boxes.
However, Moray Foodbank Co-ordinator, Andy Walker said: “We have now come through our first Christmas and New Year, a time when many families struggle financially.
“We supplied an average of 40 boxes a week in January and February and if this continues or grows as is every-one’s concern, we are going to be closer to 2000 boxes a year.
“All of us working at Moray Foodbank are very concerned to see increasing levels of families in crisis in Moray but on the positive, Moray can be proud of an exceptionally generous response from the public both in continuing to give donations of food and money to ensure supply and a fantastic team of volunteers giving generously of their time and expertise.”
Mr Walker said he is confident they will continue to meet demand but that will depend on the continuing generosity of the Moray public.
The Moray Foodbank moved into new premises in Batchen Street, Elgin earlier this year and will have an official opening this Friday (March 7).
A new ‘Drop-in’ facility will start on Saturday March 15, which will allow people who have been referred by a local agency, to collect their emergency food box on a Saturday morning and have a cuppa and a chat with foodbank volunteers.
As this service develops it is hoped that a range of agencies will attend the drop-in to give people advice on a range of issues, including money, social work, housing, food and health advice.
For more on this story see ‘The Northern Scot’ print version on Friday.