The future of Moray’s foodbank has been secured for the next 18 months, following a successful funding application.
Community Food Moray this week said it was relieved to have received £43,518 in funding from the Scottish Government’s Emergency Food Fund, which will keep the service operational.
co-ordinator, Andy Walker, said: "When Community Food Moray first started providing emergency food to individuals and families back in April, 2012, no-one ever anticipated the level of need in Moray, or that it would continue to grow.
"Moray continues to see people in crisis – providing an average of 35-40 boxes weekly – as people continue to find themselves in financial crisis."
While backing the announcement, Donna Breen, chair of Community Food Moray, said that it was not a long-term solution.
She added: "While we welcome additional funding as an interim measure to help Moray families face the hardship caused by a combination of economic factors working against them and tipping them into crisis, especially as we head into autumn and winter, when people will again be juggling fuel costs with food costs, we never intended to be providing this ‘emergency’ service on this scale in the long term.
"We add our voice to those agencies who are calling on governments UK and Scottish to make a commitment to tackling the causes of food poverty at source."