"It's a team effort" says Moray Food Plus project manager after receiving BEM
Get a digital copy of the Northern Scot delivered straight to your inbox every week
MORAY Food Plus project manager Mairi McCallum has given full credit to her colleagues and the charity's volunteers after receiving a British Empire Medal.
Ms McCallum has been been at the forefront of the food bank's efforts to help Moray's most in-need during the coronavirus crisis, and received her BEM for services to the community.
However, Moray Food Plus has nine members of staff and 60 volunteers (although not during the pandemic) and that's who Ms McCallum was keen to focus on.
She said: "I was surprised (to receive the BEM) but it was nice that all the work we have done has been recognised.
"It's a team effort, lockdown was a lot of hard work and everyone did extra hours. Everyone has worked really hard and everybody is really happy that the work has been recognised.
"The staff team in particular have been really supportive and the community of Moray has always been great.
"During lockdown they stepped up again – financially and with food donations. Without that it would be really hard."
Since March, Moray Food Plus has set up Meals On Wheels and worked with partner agencies to produce care packages of essentials for Moray's vulnerable.
The charity produced 3000 individual care packages between April and June. This work is in addition to regular work, with soared with demand more than doubling.
For more information on Moray Food Plus, check their website at morayfoodplus.org.uk .