THE generosity of local people and businesses has seen three tonnes of food donated to the Moray Foodbank.
As the charity prepares for its first Christmas, it has urged people to keep donating to meet a growing need.
It also needs more volunteers to help sort and distribute vital emergency food boxes to individuals and families in need.
The food bank was set up earlier this year under the umbrella of Community Food Moray, in partnership with the UK-wide Christian food bank charity the Trussell Trust.
The food bank has recently moved into new premises in Batchen Street in Elgin. It also has a separate main store in Elgin, offered at a nominal rent by a local business.
Co-ordinator Andy Walker was appointed three months ago following a successful joint bid for National Lottery support with the Moray Citizens Advice Bureau.
His main role has been to co-ordinate the logistical operation of accepting food donations and liaising with local agencies to increase the number of referrals to the service.
Mr Walker said: "People can find, through a chain of circumstances, that they need a hand, and we are there to help get them back on their feet.
"There is a great need for this service, and it is right across society. People have fallen on hard times through a combination of factors."