Co-op team up with Brechin Food Bank

Pictured is the Co-op on Trinity Road, Brechin
Pictured is the Co-op on Trinity Road, Brechin

The Brechin branch of the Angus Food bank is set to hold a collection day at the Co-operative supermarket on Trinity Road.

The event, which will be held all day on Saturday, October 26, is being used to raise awareness of the bank and to boost donations.

The bank, which is at the Brechin Baptist Church on Clerk Street, is part of the Trussell Trust and managed by the Strathmore Christian Fellowship and run by volunteers from the area and the local churches.

Area coordinator Janet Warne commented: “We’ve had collection days elsewhere in Angus, but we really wanted to have a local one in Brechin and the Co-op kindly agreed to allow us to have it in their story.

“Volunteers from the Brechin Food bank will hand out slips detailing what items we need and customers will be asked if they could donate an item or two.”

The donations to the Brechin Food bank, which is located at the Brechin Baptist Church, have been impressive, with the local community and churches from across Brechin and Edzell donating food to the cause.

Janet added: “It is very much a community thing and we want to raise awareness of the existence of the bank to those who can benefit from it, as well as encouraging donations.

“We would like to thank those who have already done so much. We started off small but we have grown so much since we opened and it’s because of the donations and the kindness from the local community.”

The bank, which opened in March this year, has so far helped over 100 house holds in Brechin so far, with vouchers issued covering meals for three days.

It was set up provide short term help to people who are living through a temporary crisis and are unable to provide for themselves.

In Scotland, 51 per cent of people who use the banks are low waged workers who are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.

The remainder of clients are largely made up of people experiencing benefit changes,delay in benefit payments or redundancy.

In the last 18 months Trussell Trust have increased banks in Scotland from three, to 23.

People who use the bank are referred by agencies such as social workers, schools, doctors and ministers.

The foodbank exists entirely on local donations and activity.