The new Glenrothes foodbank has issued an emergency appeal for supplies to allow the facility to continue helping some of the town’s most vulnerable people.
Fife Council provided almost £20,000 to get the foodbank up and running in December last year and local churches, the YMCA, the Rotary Club and other groups have all been helping out.
But with no sign of any let up in demand for emergency food, consistent donations are needed to provide emergency food for those still struggling in the aftermath of the 2008 recession.
Maureen Power, foodbank co-ordinator, explained how much of a difference the service can make.
She said: “On December 19, we met our first family in a crisis.
“Their problems were immense and unlikely to be resolved over the Christmas period and we had a single customer who had finished a training programme on the Friday before Christmas and needed to sign on the following Monday as unemployed.
“The first available appointment was the first Monday after the New Year, so it meant that he was without any money or food between throughout all of Christmas and New Year until his appointment on January 6.
“We were pleased to help provide food for the Christmas period, lift his spirit by showing him the community does care and help with trained volunteers who were able to listen.”
The foodbank has already helped hundreds of local people by providing them with three days worth of emergency food.
But it is entirely reliant on donations of food whether it be from churches, schools, businesses or individuals.
Once sorted in to categories, the food is then given out to people in crisis who have been referred by their doctor, the police or other recognised professionals.
Short term and long term solutions needed
Local councillor Bill Brown backed the appeal to support the foodbank.
“The situation in Glenrothes is now desperate,” he said.
“We need to find a short term and a long term solution in order to make sure they never run out of food again.”
“Local shops and companies can collect items and then hand them in to the foodbank - but this needs to happen every week.”
“Some supermarkets are happy to collect food for cats and dogs, but not for people in dire need.”