Glenrothes Foodbank in SOS as stocks run low ...

Maureen Power (second left) and volunteers at the Glenrothes Foodbank which is in need of more donations
Maureen Power (second left) and volunteers at the Glenrothes Foodbank which is in need of more donations

Stocks are running critically low at the Glenrothes Foodbank after the service was inundated over the festive period.

More people than ever - over 400 in December alone - received food parcels in the lead up to Christmas, leaving the foodbank’s cupboard almost bare.

Lead co-ordinator Maureen Power is keen to stress that whilst the local community hasn’t stopped donating, the charity is looking for more of certain kinds of foods.

“We had a lot of people coming in throughout December in the lead up to Christmas and as a result we’re very low on things like meat and fish,” she said. “Our stocks have dwindled rapidly.

“We had 423 people using us in December, that was double the amount from November, which itself saw double the amount from October, so although people are still donating we’re not getting enough to meet the demand and our stocks are critically low.

“Over November and December people were donating with Christmas in mind and whilst that was brilliant our usual stocks suffered.”

Since Christmas, when the foodbank served up Christmas dinner and pudding - all thanks to donations - it has remained as hectic as ever.

“Last Friday was very busy once again and we’re in dire need of the basics.

“We’ve had a lot of help particularly from Asda Glenrothes. They gave us a huge donation before Christmas.

“I can’t thank them enough, and everyone in the community who has donated, but we do need help again.”

The different ways in which you can help donate to the foodbank

The Glenrothes Foodbank is asking for milk, sugar, meat and fish in particular.

You can donate via the trolley in Asda, while the Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank both have collection points also, as do B & M at Flemington Road.

You can drop off a donation at the foodbank itself in Pentland Court or you can also set up a standing order via the foodbank’s website.

“This would enable us to buy the stocks that we are running low in,” Maureen said.

“It doesn’t matter how small a monthly donation you make - even the smallest amount would be a help.”

The website can be found at glenrothes.foodbank.org.uk.