Foodbank seeks public support to buy new van

Inverurie Foodbank volunteers, left to right - Doreen Adams, Luella Laird, Jane Fraser and Sandra Smith.
Inverurie Foodbank volunteers, left to right - Doreen Adams, Luella Laird, Jane Fraser and Sandra Smith.

A public appeal has been launched by Aberdeenshire North Foodbank for help to secure funding towards a delivery van.

The charity is bidding for a £25,000 community award from the OneFamily foundation.

The funds will be used to purchase a transit-sized van which will work with the Foodbank centres in Inverurie, Huntly and Ellon.

The vehicle will allow emergency food parcels to be delivered to members of the public who need them, but are unable to travel to the centres.

Stephen King, convener of trustees for the Foodbank, said: “Last year the Foodbank in Aberdeenshire North distributed food to over one thousand people.

“The huge geographical area of Aberdeenshire means that a van is crucial to meeting the ever growing demand for our help in times of crisis.”

OneFamily members nominate projects for funding and then the public are able to show their support for a project by voting online.

The project which receives the most votes will then secure the funding.

Aberdeenshire North Foodbank began their appeal to Aberdeenshire residents on Tuesday.

They ask all those who support the Foodbank and the appeal for funding for a van to vote online at: www.foundation.onefamily.com

Between July, 2014, and July, 2015, the Foodbank centres in Inverurie, Huntly and Ellon provided food parcels for 1,382 people.