Pulling together to help feed the hungry

Graham Holden (second from right) with Broke Not Broken volunteers and representatives from Glenrothes Foodbank
Graham Holden (second from right) with Broke Not Broken volunteers and representatives from Glenrothes Foodbank

A group of kind-hearted people in Kinross has rallied round with support for a Fife foodbank running desperately short of supplies.

Broke Not Broken, founded earlier this year, was set up with the aim of helping to tackle poverty in Kinross-shire.

It has been given a large number of food donations that are currently in storage – but can’t be distributed because the group is awaiting full charity status.

In the meantime, Glenrothes Foodbank is said to be at ‘breaking point’ – so Broke Not Broken has stepped in.

“The Glenrothes foodbank is running extremely low on food and is struggling to meet demand,” said Broke Not Broken chairman Graham Holden.

“We’ve decided we cannot sit back and allow people to go hungry due to the foodbank running low on supply.

“At the moment, we cannot distribute food until we get our charity status and we have so much in storage.

“Feeding struggling hungry people is what we set up to do and that’s what we intend to do.”

Graham said foodbanks were growing at a ‘frightening rate’ and that’s why he has invited the parliamentary candidates for Ochil and South Perthshire – the constituency in which Kinross-shire lies – to a public meeting at Loch Leven Community Campus on April 30.

“I’m keen to know what they will do for our constituency to help tackle the effects of poverty,” explained Graham.

“Foodbanks, as much as they help people in a crisis, are letting government off the hook and we need to hold them to account.”

So far the invitation has been accepted by Tasmina Ahmed-Skeikh of the SNP and Ilyan Stefanov of the Lib Dems.

He’s awaiting a response from Labour’s Gordon Banks, who’s defending the seat, as well as Conservative Luke Graham and Martin Gray of UKIP.

A representative from the Poverty Alliance has also been invited along to the meeting, which begins at 7pm.

Broke Not Broken is currently a constituted committee currently undergoing registration as a charity. It aims to get involved with other community organisations to help people in difficulties.