Volunteers from Kirkcaldy Foodbank are inviting members of the public to find out more about the work it does at its forthcoming AGM.
The meeting will take place at Kirkcaldy High School from 7.30pm on March 7 and all are welcome to attend.
Pupils from KHS have worked hard to raise funds and collect donations for Kirkcaldy Foodbank over the years, and the keynote speaker at the AGM will be the school’s Rector, Derek Allan, a strong supporter of the charity.
Supermarkets in the town also continue to support the foodbank by providing collecting points where shoppers can give donations of food while they are shopping. Lists on the trolley bays give guidance as to what might be needed and the loaded trolleys bear witness to people’s generosity.
Hugh Mackenzie, who is in charge of stock control, said: “Without the generosity of the public, there would be times when our shelves would be almost empty and we would be unable to provide basic foodstuffs to our clients.”
The collection of such donations are repeated all over Fife and Scotland and are likely to continue until the complex problem of poverty can be adequately addressed.
The most fervent wish of the trustees and volunteers of Kirkcaldy Foodbank is that their work would no longer be required but the harsh reality is that after three years, requests for food parcels have increased significantly. Susan Young, in charge of statistics analysis, added: “Statistics show that in the twelve months to November 2016, 4554 food parcels were given out, almost double the number of the previous twelve months. The food bank estimates that this equates to roughly 74,500 meals.”
Kirkcaldy Foodbank is entirely funded by donations from the people of Kirkcaldy.