Foodbank launches drive to raise funds

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Can you fork out a fiver to help feed local folk in crisis?

That’s what Aberdeenshire North Foodbank are encouraging individuals to do as part of a major drive to raise much needed funds.

Pledging just £5 a month will help enable the Foodbank to maintain its current level of operation in the area.

Aberdeenshire North Foodbank, which has food distribution centres in Inverurie, Huntly and Ellon, as well as a central warehouse, has seen a consistent rise in demand for emergency food parcels since opening its doors three years ago.

In 2014, the Foodbank fed 1,135 people across north Aberdeenshire. In 2015, this figure rose to 1,716,

In keeping with national figures released by the Trussell Trust last month, which saw more than 1 million people across the UK accessing Foodbanks, it is anticipated that local demand will only continue to increase.

Foodbank Manager Jeannie Price said: ”We are enormously grateful for donations of food which is core to what we do.

“But the Foodbank also needs to raise money to cover its monthly running costs so we are asking people to fork out a fiver, or more if they can, on a monthly basis to help us continue to put food on the table of individuals and families less fortunate than themselves.”

One off financial donations can be made online at www.aberdeenshirenorth.foodbank.org.uk or on the Foodbank’s Facebook page.

To set up a monthly direct debit – or to Gift Aid your donation, please contact the Foodbank at info@aberdeenshirenorth.foodbank.org.uk

The work of Aberdeenshire North Foodbank will be highlighted as part of a feature on rural food poverty by the BBC Landward programme due to be aired on Friday, May 20.