New Fife project launches cultural food parcels
A project has been launched in Fife to offer cultural food parcels to minority ethnic people.
It is being run by Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) for the next six months.
Backed by the National Lottery Community Fund, it aims to assist through basic needs assessments as well as support when accessing services such as, health and social care, benefits and financial support, befriending services, foodbanks and utilities and housing.
FCE is also making cultural food parcels available for members of the project.
Nina Munday, chief executive said: “We launched in August as we were unsure whether minority ethnic older people were getting adequate support during the first phase of lockdown.
"We learned that a lot of food parcels they were receiving weren’t culturally sensitive - so as part of the project we decided to include them.”
She added: “With a budget of £25 per person we are trying to reach as many minority ethnic older people in the community as possible.”
The food is designed to complement parcels minority ethnic older people receive.
Nina added. “People from the Asian community have asked for rice, noodles and a lot of the key sauces that they traditionally use in their cooking such as soy and sesame.
"When people buy items at the supermarket to donate to foodbanks they sometimes overlook ethnic cooking ingredients.
“With these parcels we will be able to give people some food that they may not have had in a while.”She added: “It has been really nice seeing how the wider community has responded. They understand the sentiment to have access to food that people are accustomed to."