1000 hungry people at Kirkcaldy foodbank ...

David Torrance MSP (right) at Kirkcaldy Foodbank
David Torrance MSP (right) at Kirkcaldy Foodbank

More than 1000 people have used Kirkcaldy’s new foodbank during its first three months.

And last month alone there were 333 food boxes given out to help needy families and individuals in the town, with more and more people seeking help from the charity.

With the rise in demand, the charity is desperate for more donations, particularly of tinned meat and tinned fruit and vegetables.

This was the information given to David Torrance MSP for Kirkcaldy, when he paid a visit to the Kirkcaldy Foodbank at Dysart St Clair Church to see first hand the vital work being done.

He met with some of the 50 trained volunteers who make up the packages and deliver them to referral agents St Bryce Kirk, the Salvation Army, Link Living and the Cottage Family Centre, from where they can be picked up by families who need assistance.

Kirkcaldy Foodbank has been in operation since December 2 and works alongside a variety of other organisations in and around the town.

During this time it has been able to provide help to many families in the community. The MSP spent an hour and a half talking with volunteers and finding out what is involved and needed in order to keep the Foodbank going.

He said: “I found the time spent talking with the volunteers very interesting and enlightening.

‘‘The work that they do is invaluable in supporting and providing an often much needed lifeline to many families and I will be happy to support them in any way I can in the future.

“The volunteers were full of praise for the ongoing and overwhelming support they receive from schools, churches and supermarkets. The generosity of these organisations and individuals is amazing.

“Unfortunately, however, as the demand continues to increase, much of the food received leaves their premises almost as soon as it comes in. I would encourage anyone who wants to help to make a donation and help this extremely worthwhile service to do so.”

Donations can be made at Sainsbury’s, Asda, Tower Stores in Dysart and the Fife Islamic Centre in St Mary’s Road.

Councillor Judy Hamilton, chairman of Kirkcaldy Foodbank, said: “The numbers using the foodbank show just how much it is needed and that we are providing a service to help local families in times of dire need.”