5000 use Kirkcaldy foodbank

Cllr Judy Hamilton with volunteers
Cllr Judy Hamilton with volunteers

Nearly 5000 people used Kirkcaldy’s foodbank during its first year of operation.

The figures were revealed as the new organisation held its first annual general meeting in the town’s St Pius Church Hall at the end of last month.

From December 2013 to December 2014 Kirkcaldy Foodbank, based at Dysart’s St Clair Parish Church, provided emergency food provisions to 4685 adults and children.

And during that time, thousands of food boxes have been handed out to help needy families and individuals in the town.

There has been a desperate need for the facility - this was shown when more than 1000 people used Kirkcaldy’s new foodbank during its first three months.

Adrian Watt, rector at Viewforth High, was a guest speaker at the recent AGM. He said: “What the Foodbank does so beautifully is to connect those willing to give with those in need. In the run up to the AGM I visited the Foodbank packing store in Dysart and saw the care that goes into the work they do. I also was able to speak to some of the volunteers in St Bryce Kirk who are in the frontline giving out the parcels. This too was a very humbling experience simply to see the non-judgemental caring way they were supporting families.”

Our hope and our aim is that Foodbank use will decline and not increase

Cllr Judy Hamilton

Councillor Judy Hamilton, chairman of the steering committee, said: “Since the inception of the Foodbank, it has grown from strength to strength. Our hope and our aim is that Foodbank use will decline and not increase.”

She added: “If we were ever unsure about the need for a Foodbank in Kirkcaldy, then the previous year has more than amply demonstrated that need.”

Schools lend a hand

The town’s high schools have all supported Kirkcaldy Foodbank. Kirkcaldy High has held large scale food collections from pupils and staff at key times of the year; pupils have also held a soup kitchen, took orders and delivered candy canes. St Andrew’s RC High has held movie events for pupils where money/tins were donated. The staff have also responded generously to any appeals that are made when shelves are particularly low of certain foods and senior pupils from Viewforth, Balwearie, Kirkcaldy and St Andrews all helped at a combined bag packing event at Asda.