Demands on Angus foodbanks grows

As demands on food banks grow figures just released show that since the end of 2012 more than 1500 people in Angus have sought emergency help to feed their families.

The statistics come at a time when it has been revealed that more people than ever are needed in Angus to help with the growing demand on the county’s food banks.

A spokesman for the Trussell Trust, a Christian charity that leads the UK’s foodbank network, said that Angus foodbank was currently looking for organisations that dealt with people in crisis to help them refer people to the foodbank for support. He said they were also looking for volunteers to work with them .

He explained that Angus foodbank was started by Strathmore Christian Fellowship based at Bridge’s Coffee Shop in Kirriemuir.

“It currently provides emergency food to men, women and children in crisis from the Newtyle to Montrose areas of Angus and will be developing distribution into the rest of Angus in time,” he said. adding that it had distribution centres in Kirriemuir and Brechin.

“We also supply partnering agencies with emergency food boxes so they can distribute food to clients in areas that we do not yet serve,” he added.

He said that since the launch of the Angus service they had fed 1514 people - 1159 adults and 355 children.

“In the past financial year Angus foodbank has fed 962 adults and 276 children, giving a total of 1238 people in crisis food.”

He said that since the launch they had received donations of 19,000kg of non-perishable food and distributed 13,222kg. to those in need.

“As of May 1 there will be a full time paid manager working to develop Angus foodbank further.

Figures from the Trussell Trust showed that in the 2013/14 financial year 913,138 men, women and children used a foodbank - a 163 per cent increase on the previous year.