AN open meeting initiating a foodbank for Kirkcaldy generated a lot of interest on Monday evening.
The meeting – at the Cottage Family Centre in Templehall – was arranged to discuss the development of a foodbank in Kirkcaldy as food poverty is on the increase in the area with more and more people struggling to make ends meet as the recession continues to bite.
Around 90 people turned up at the meeting, which organisers said was way beyond their expectations.
Among them were those from grassroots community groups, charities, social agencies, Fife Council, businesses and councillors.
Those attending heard from the Salvation Army and St Ninian’s Church in Glenrothes about their work handing out food parcels, and there was also input from the Trussell Trust, who run the Dunfermline Foodbank.
Councillor Judy Hamilton, co-organiser, said: “All the speakers were very good and the people present were really receptive.
“I would like to thank everyone for coming along and for embracing the idea so positively.
“We spoke about what we would need to progress in Kirkcaldy, and people were given the opportunity to offer what they could to make this work for us.
“It was a really encouraging meeting. Loads of really enthusiastic people turned up and have committed to taking it forward in whatever way they can.
“The aim was to build a broad community base from which to build, so the people involved are from the voluntary sector, from churches and faith groups, from the Council, from local organisations, from trade unions and individuals.
“This will be a real community project, where no-one can take the credit, but everyone works together.”
Reverend Marc Prowe, of Linktown Church and Auchtertool Kirk, added: “This is about enabling those who find themselves in dire straits; it is not about hand outs, but about sharing.
“Everyone can bring what they can and both wealthy and poor can enrich each other by sharing life experience, skills, time and resources.”
A follow up meeting, to be held soon, will establish a steering group to take things forward with a view to setting up a foodbank within the year.