Foodbank for Levenmouth’s hungry

Foodbank at Sainsbury's in Leven: (From left to right) Adam Grant (grocery assistant), Alison Nelson (Foodbank), Katy Dobbie (Foodbank), and Sue Baird (store manager ). Pic: George McLuskie

Foodbank at Sainsbury's in Leven: (From left to right) Adam Grant (grocery assistant), Alison Nelson (Foodbank), Katy Dobbie (Foodbank), and Sue Baird (store manager ). Pic: George McLuskie

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A new initiative is being launched tomorrow (Thursday) to tackle the rise in food poverty in the Levenmouth area.

Levenmouth Foodbank has been set up by a group of local churches, in partnership with national charity The Trussell Trust, after their research found it was something the area needed.

Organisers hope people will donate items from a shopping list of basic needs at designated collection points, starting at Sainsbury’s in Leven on Thursday, which will then be packaged up as three-day emergency food parcels and given to those in need.

However only those meeting a strict criteria and referred to the foodbank by professionals such as health visitors, housing officers, social workers and GPs will be given parcels.

Co-ordinator Katy Dobbie told the Mail “more and more people are struggling to put food on the table.”

She added: “It’s not just people on low incomes who are feeling the pinch at the moment, increased redundancy and fewer jobs are having a real impact on local people and after research and meeting with local professional agencies we know there is an immediate requirement for this service.”

Fellow organiser Alison Nelson stressed the aim of the foodbank, which will hand out parcels twice a week from the old Evangelical Church on Bowling Green Street in Methil, isn’t to continuously provide food for someone but to help people in a short time of financial crisis.

She added: “If there is a long-term problem then really the foodbank isn’t the answer and the problem needs to be looked at elsewhere.

“We will have tea and coffee there and have a bit of a chat with people coming in and if they have any other problems we would be able to signpost somewhere that might be able to help.

“The basis of it is a foodbank but we are hoping it will get the feel of a drop in centre.

“Eventually once we get rolling we will be going out to schools and community projects or offices where staff can donate.”

In the meantime two further collection dates have been set up to take place at Sainsbury’s on August 9 and 24.

It is hoped the first parcel will be given out at the start of September.