Readers collect 1,700kg of food for foodbank after paper distributes donation bags

Readers of a local newspaper in Scotland have collected more than 1,700kg of supplies for a foodbank after journalists launched an appeal to support it.

The Dunfermline Foodbank appeal was launched by the Dunfermline Press to ensure that shelves didn’t become empty during the school summer holidays, when demand can often peak and donations reduce.

Special bags were distributed with the paper, which included a printed list of essential items the foodbank was really short of. Readers were also provided with a Gofundme page to leave financial donations at instead.

As a result, hundreds of items were handed in to Dunfermline Foodbank’s warehouse and also dropped off at the collections points across the area.

Thanks to Press readers, items that were extremely low in stock previously are now back up to healthy numbers and families needing some help can get support throughout the summer holidays.

Sandra Beveridge, manager of Dunfermline Foodbank, said: “It was a very, very good and successful campaign.

“We had many people coming to donate to our warehouse with the bags and our collection points in Tesco and Asda supermarkets were also filled with the Press bags.

Volunteers at the foodbank

“The appeal brought in approximately 1,700kg of donations, which is a lot of food!

Press editor Simon Harris said: “The Press is there for the communities we are proud to serve and this appeal will help families on our own doorstep.

“The Press is at the heart of the community and when we heard from Sandra just how low the stock at our foodbanks was running, we knew we had to get involved to avoid countless West Fife families facing a long summer holiday of going without.

“We knew we could count on our loyal readers, to support us and we are so grateful to our readers and the generous businesses who have helped to make this appeal such a success.”

John Thompson, Dunfermline Foodbank administrator, said: “The Dunfermline Foodbank is a voluntary organisation that supplies food to people who are in poverty and those who we help are usually the poorest in society.

“We are truly humbled by the generosity of people in West Fife. Even during the lockdown, we were still getting donations in but the need is still there.

The foodbank helped 7,700 people in the local community in the last 12 months, including 3,000 children. That was down on the previous year, but the impact of the pandemic on those who did need help was such that the amount of food given away doubled.

The Dunfermline Foodbank umbrella comprises five centres across Fife, including Dunfermline, Inverkeithing, Rosyth, Benarty and Cowdenbeath.

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