Foodbanks give thanks for community support

Rev. Gillian Paterson from Wellesley Parish Church helped hand over its donations for the Levenmouth foodbank.

Rev. Gillian Paterson from Wellesley Parish Church helped hand over its donations for the Levenmouth foodbank.

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Foodbanks in Levenmouth and the East Neuk have offered their thanks to the local community for its overwhelming support in the run up to Christmas.

In November, the Fife Free Press Group launched its Christmas Foodbank Appeal, and urged local groups, schools and businesses to take part.

Bayview Stadium, Methil'. The closure of the Foodbank appeal by East Fife Youth Academy; they've had about 20 boxes of food handed in which will be getting delivered to the Foodbank in Levenmouth.  Lorna McAulay pictured with the Children and Helpers. 17 Dec 14

Bayview Stadium, Methil'. The closure of the Foodbank appeal by East Fife Youth Academy; they've had about 20 boxes of food handed in which will be getting delivered to the Foodbank in Levenmouth. Lorna McAulay pictured with the Children and Helpers. 17 Dec 14

We received a fantastic response, and the donations have poured in.

At Aberhill Primary School, they collected food and gifts in the run up to Christmas, and instead of donating 50p to wear Christmas jumpers, they handed in food instead. They also raised £70 by not sending Christmas cards this year.

At a special assembly, the donations were given to Rev Gillian Paterson from Wellesley Parish Church, who is also a trustee of the Levenmouth Foodbank. She said: “I was overwhelmed by the large donation of food and special treats like selection packs that were donated by the children in the school.”

East Fife FC set up a collection point at Bayview, with teammates from East Fife Youth Academy (EFYA) and the East Fife Girls and Ladies’ squad. Another was provided at Mr Mechanic in Buckhaven, whose joint boss, Robert Cargill, is an associated director of the football club.

Anstruther Parish Church, School Green,'pupils from Waid Academy dropping off their foodbank donations to the East Neuk foodbank after our appeal. Richard Weymsspupils with the donation and Richard Wemyss will collect it at the foodbank. 18 dec 14

Anstruther Parish Church, School Green,'pupils from Waid Academy dropping off their foodbank donations to the East Neuk foodbank after our appeal. Richard Weymsspupils with the donation and Richard Wemyss will collect it at the foodbank. 18 dec 14

Lorna McAuley, head of EFYA, said over 20 boxes of food had been handed over, some from people outwith the area, and the response had been “fantastic”, while a random bucket collection had also pulled in £86.

And at Buckhaven High, pupils and local residents helped to donate two big boxes of food, and they hope to do more to help the foodbank in 2015.

Nichola Alexander from the Levenmouth Foodbank Community Support Project offered her thanks. “At the foodbank we have been amazed by the generosity and kindness of our community not only over the festive period but the whole year through.

“People have been very thoughtful over the last month or so and have been donating festive food and gifts which has been passed on to families.

Leven foodbank, Methil Evangelical Church, Bowling Green Street, Methil'pictured at the Levenmouth foodbank are the Volunteers with the collections which they have gathered from locals and pupils over the last few weeks. 19 Dec 14

Leven foodbank, Methil Evangelical Church, Bowling Green Street, Methil'pictured at the Levenmouth foodbank are the Volunteers with the collections which they have gathered from locals and pupils over the last few weeks. 19 Dec 14

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their donations and continuous support and a special thank you to our volunteers, without whom we could not provide this valuable service.”

In Anstruther, Waid Academy staff and pupils continued their support of the East Neuk Foodbank in the run up to the festive period, something the school has done throughout 2014.

Richard Wemyss, who helps co-ordinate the foodbank, thanked all of the pupils, staff and wider community for their support. He said: “There was such a fantastic effort by Waid Academy, and even over the weekend, they donated a further three big boxes of food to us, so we have to thank them and commend them for their on-going efforts.”