Anstruther foodbank hands out 1000 parcels

More people than ever are reliant on food parcels
More people than ever are reliant on food parcels

The East Neuk Foodbank has distributed almost 1000 food parcels to people in need since opening its doors a year ago.

The figures released by the independent church-run foodbank in Anstruther coincide with sobering regional statistics released by the Trussell Trust.

Commenting, SNP MSP Roderick Campbell said: “It is an absolute disgrace that in a country as wealthy as Scotland, and in a village such as Anstruther, Westminster’s actions have forced thousands of people to rely on foodbanks to survive.

“It is the grim reality of Westminster’s cuts that has seen foodbank use increase by 400 per cent in the last year alone.”

In Fife, Trussell Trust foodbanks helped over 4500 people, of which over 1400 were children.

Across Scotland foodbanks provided help to 14,318 people in 2012/13 but in 2013/14 that figure increased by 400 per cent to 71,428.

The trust cites benefit changes, benefit delays and low income as the key causes of people in Scotland seeking support.

On Friday, the Scottish Government announced a £1million package of support for foodbanks.