MP welcomes launch of food bank in Kirkcaldy

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The new Kirkcaldy foodbank which will officially open on Monday is “one of the great collective voluntary efforts” in the town this year.

Gordon Brown, local MP, made the comments ahead of the official launch of the new Kirkcaldy foodbank in Dysart Parish Church this Monday (December 2).

Mr Brown praised what he called “an amazing energetic and committed host of volunteers and agencies who have come together to meet the demand for basic food essentials.”

He said there was no more appropriate time to start a foodbank than in the run up to Christmas, but said it’s essential that the facility is properly supported.

The MP said foodbanks were operating in other parts of Fife, but said that demand in Kirkcaldy had been rising as the Cottage Family Centre - which supports vulnerable families in the town - recorded an expected demand from 300 families with children for Christmas parcels. Mr Brown praised the community groups who had come together under the chairmanship of councillor Judy Hamilton, chairman of Fife Council’s social work committee.

He said: “I have met the volunteers - they are a wonderful group of people from churches, faith organisations and voluntary groups who are concerned about the threat to families without a foodbank. I welcome the support of Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s, Asda and I hope other retailers across the Kirkcaldy area will join in.”

Cllr Hamilton encouraged people to donate food at the collection points in Sainsbury’s and Asda this weekend, ahead of Monday’s launch. Items needed include: beans/lentils/pulses; tinned main meals such as stew, mince and curry, tinned meat and fish, cooking sauces in jars, tinned fruit and veg, tea, coffee and breakfast cereal.