We are facing poverty on an unbelievable scale here ...

Official launch of Kirkcaldy foodbank
Official launch of Kirkcaldy foodbank

Fifers struggling to make ends meet are being offered a lifeline through a Foodbank in Kirkcaldy.

The project, which will provide emergency food parcels to those in need, was officially launched on Monday at St Clair Church in Dysart, which will be the main distribution site. It was attended by members of the Kirkcaldy Foodbank steering group as well as town politicians, public agencies, churches and community representatives.

At the launch, Councillor Judy Hamilton, chairman of the Kirkcaldy Foodbank steering group, said the original idea came from one of her constituents three years ago.

She said: “In his professional work at the NHS he was coming across people who were struggling with basic needs and some of them were turning up for appointments having not eaten.

‘‘He wanted us to look at the possibility of a foodbank in Kirkcaldy and a small group of us began to research that possibility.

“It soon became clear we were facing poverty of an unbelievable scale here in Kirkcaldy and that makes me angry.

‘‘It became clear that small groups were not going to resolve the issue, it had to be the whole community.”

Cllr Hamilton then called a meeting and the response was overwhelming.

It was decided to launch a ‘hub and distribution’ service with collection points set up in the area.

As a result companies, workplaces, schools and supermarkets have been donating as well as the Cottage Family Centre in Templehall and faith groups including the women’s group at Kirkcaldy Islamic Centre.

Gordon Brown MP said: “I know there will be families in Kirkcaldy who are dreading Christmas and were previously worried about affording toys for their children but this year will be worried about putting food on the table.

‘‘We should thank this group of people who have come together to make this foodbank possible.”

People can obtain food parcels by being referred through local agencies.

They are the Cottage Family Centre in Cawdor Crescent; St Bryce Kirk, the Salvation Army in the High Street and Link Living in Bridge Street.

All the food donated is being collected at the foodbank distribution base at St Clair Parish Church in Dysart. People can make donations at local supermarkets Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda.