Great response to foodbank appeal

Enough food to benefit 20 struggling families for two weeks was collected recently by Strathmore Christian Fellowship.

Thanks to the people of Forfar and a small army of church volunteers, Forfar shoppers donated a generous 364kg of food and £21.31 to the Angus foodbank.

This new initiative, which will help feed Angus people facing crisis, has been adopted locally by Strathmore Christian Fellowship of Kirriemuir, working in partnership with and assisted by volunteers from other Angus churches.

Angus foodbank manager Malcolm Brown said; “Benefit delay, low income, the threat of eviction due to unpaid bills or a sudden cessation of income can lead to a family in Angus needing immediate crisis support and the foodbank will be one of the emergency services on offer.

“Frontline care professionals will pinpoint those genuinely in need who require food parcels as a short term solution.

“Without the amazing generosity of local people, some on Saturday who were donating more than they were taking home for themselves, this initiative would not be successful.”

With economic crisis a national issue, The Trussell Trust pioneered the idea of a UK network of foodbanks. It operates more than 200 food banks across the UK, including 10 in Scotland in partnership with local churches and voluntary organisations.

This new additional foodbank in Angus will be operated locally by Strathmore Christian Fellowship volunteers, in partnership with local care professionals as part of this national foodbank network.

Mr Andrew Inglis, Pastor of Strathmore Christian Fellowship, added: “Our Christian faith is all about helping those in need in our community. Jesus calls us out of our church buildings through great initiatives such as the Angus foodbank to help individuals and families, young and old.”