Salmond and Allard back appeal for foodbank supplies

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The Aberdeenshire North Foodbank, located in Inverurie, has appealed for donations of items they are running low on this week.

Gordon MP and MSP Alex Salmond and his colleague Christian Allard MSP have backed the appeal and are urging the ‘generous folk’ of Aberdeenshire to lend a hand.

The Aberdeenshire foodbank put out a call for donations of tinned meat and vegetables, orange squash, hot chocolate, jars of creamy sauces, instant mashed potatoes, dried milk, chocolate bars, sugar, custard, savoury snacks/treats and tin openers on social media this week.

If anyone can help out, then donations of any of these items can be made at the drop-off point at Tesco, Inverurie or to the foodbank centre located behind the Harlaw Centre in Inverurie.

Contact details, directions and opening hours are available on the website at: http://www.aberdeenshirenorth.foodbank.org.uk.

Meanwhile, a donation to the foodbank from the office of Mr Salmond and Mr Allard was made on Monday, (May 18).

Commenting on the situation, Mr Salmond said: “Although I condemn the need for foodbanks, we must thank all the groups and volunteers who work so hard to help the most vulnerable in our society.

“I would urge people in Aberdeenshire to do what they can to support those volunteers by donating any of the items they need this week.”

North East MSP Christian Allard added: “Even in the prosperous North-east there are people who struggle to put food on the table. This call by Aberdeenshire North Foodbank only highlights that reality.

“I know from volunteering at food collections and at foodbanks in the region that the residents of Aberdeenshire are incredibly generous.”

* 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK. Foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support.