Glenrothes Foodbank has received a much needed double boost as it continues to help folk struggling to make ends meet.
A £2000 donation from Fife Jubilee Fund plus a further £200 and food parcels from Asda supermarket have helped lift morale as volunteers continue to cope with the increasing demands on the charitable service.
The Glenrothes set up, operating out of the Pentland Court premises, has seen a sharp rise in the number of families struggling to provide enough food for children because of the lack of free meals during the school holidays.
Maureen Power, co-ordinator welcomed the latest donations and said they were proof that her team’s work had continued to resonate with the wider community.
“Both are fantastic gestures and we are extremely grateful to both companies, especially as Asda have pledged to support us further in the coming months,” she told the Gazette.
“We have had to deal with an increase in demand because of the school holidays and the donations will go some way to easing the pressure on the service we offer to those needing help and support.
“But we want individuals to donate whatever they can so we can continue the work, that as unfortunate as it may be, is a very real necessity for a growing number of people within Glenrothes.”
Avril Durlea, from Asda store in Glenrothes, said the decision to donate to Foodbank had been made by shoppers.
“They chose Maureen and her team and we will continue to help them in whatever way we can,” said Avril.
Due to the demands currently on the Glenrothes operation, volunteers recently were able to receive assistance from Tesco in Cupar due to the Foodbank in that town already being well stocked with provisions.
“We work together where ever possible and because Cupar could help us, that in turn allowed Kirkcaldy Foodbank to be able to support Levenmouth volunteers who were in a similar situation to us,” Maureen explained.
In the coming months Glenrothes Foodbank will have to rely on even more good will from the public. From October, Glenrothes Foodbank will no longer be able to rely on their new business start-up benefits and financial support which are only available to the organisation for the first year.