Think of others in Angus this Christmas

Angus foodbank volunteers Kathleen Houghton, Malcolm Brown and Alison Farquhar were in Tesco's Forfar store to promote the service and collect food.

Angus foodbank volunteers Kathleen Houghton, Malcolm Brown and Alison Farquhar were in Tesco's Forfar store to promote the service and collect food.

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Trussel Trust, which operates the foodbanks in the county, provides three-day emergency food supplies to those in need.

Figures reveal that in December 2015, Trussell Trust’s foodbank network provided 133,734 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis and 56,779 of these went to children. This is a 45 per cent increase on the monthly average of three-day emergency supplies provided in the 2015/16 financial year, which was 92,442. Last year, the Angus Foodbank provided 2699 three-day emergency food parcels to people in crisis.

To help ensure those in need have food over the festive period, the UK’s biggest food collection took place over three days at Tesco stores - including Montrose and Forfar.

Foodbank volunteers were handing out shopping lists and collecting donated items, to support people struggling with hunger. More than 3700kg was donated at the two Angus stores over the three days.

In Forfar, 1641kg of food was handed in, and 2064kg in Montrose.

Tesco is also helping the foodbank charity nationally with its ‘A Hat With A Heart’ collection. F&F, the clothing brand from the supermarket, is donating £1 from the sale of each Christmas novelty hat from that collection sold in Tesco stores and on Tesco.com/Direct to FareShare and The Trussell Trust in equal proportions. F&F has committed to donating at least £200k to the charities in connection with this promotion.

Food donations for Christmas have also garnered support from Stewart Milne Homes. They are accepting donations at the showhome at Monarch’s Rise, Arbroath.

John Low, managing director at Stewart Milne Homes, said: “We are proud to be able to play our part in supporting Angus Foodbank. We have had a great response in previous years and are confident that the people of Arbroath will show the same kindness and generosity this festive season.”

Norman Brown, foodbank manager, said: “Angus Foodbank provides food to local people in crisis throughout Angus via our distribution points in Forfar, Arbroath and Montrose. We don’t think anyone in our community should have to go hungry. That’s why we provide three days of nutritionally-balanced food to clients who are referred to us by over 130 agencies. Help us to stop people going to bed hungry this Christmas.”

A typical food parcel from the Foodbank contains a minimum of three days of nutritionally-balanced, non-perishable, tinned and dried foods that have been donated by the local community. Items include breakfast cereal, soup, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, baked beans, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, instant mash, UHT milk, tea, coffee, sugar, tinned dessert and biscuits.