Foodbank to open for Kincardine and Mearns

Michelle Ward, Helen Carberry, Lesley Robertson, Lindsay Verstralen, Alison Evison and Jean Houghton at the launch of the Food Bank

Michelle Ward, Helen Carberry, Lesley Robertson, Lindsay Verstralen, Alison Evison and Jean Houghton at the launch of the Food Bank

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An Emergency Foodbank to cover the Kincardine and Mearns area is to open in Stonehaven with co-operation of local groups

The close partnership between the KM Citizen’s Advice Bureau, the Kincardine and Mearns Area Partnership, the Banchory-Based Aberdeenshire South Foodbank and Councillor Alison Evison has lead to the opening of this Foodbank which could help thousands who are facing crisis.

Helen Carberry, from the Aberdeenshire South Foodbank Distribution Centre, said: “This foodbank will operate in conjunction with the one already established in Banchory.

“People who find themselves in a crisis situation and have no money for food to feed themselves or their families are urged to contact their local frontline services who will be able to give them a food voucher.”

The non-perishable food includes cereals, long-life milk, fruit juice, soup, pasta, meat, fish, pudding and vegetables, providing balanced and nutritional meals.

Lesley Robertson, of Kincardine and Mearns Area Partnership, said: “We are very grateful to Michelle Ward and Lindsey Verstralen of the Royal Hotel, Stonehaven, for agreeing to provide a storage base for the foodbank.

“People must first obtain a voucher from one of the local services and then they will be able to exchange this for a box containing enough food for three days.”

Councillor Evison added:

“We have worked together on this project in response to a developing local need.

‘‘Rising living costs and changes to welfare payments have meant that more people are struggling to purchase food.

“Although there are long-term issues that must be addressed, we also have to try to ensure that people are not left hungry.”

Marie Pienaar of KM Citizens Advice Bureau, added: “We continue to provide advice, information and assistance at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau to help clientsfind a longer term solution to the problems that they face owing to reduced income for whatever reason.

‘‘The Emergency Foodbank provides an immediate and essential response to some of our clients’ needs. I am glad to see it launched in our area at this time.”

If you are a front line agency in the Stonehaven area and could make use of this service and not yet registered, please contact the Foodbank on 07926969408 or by email: info@aberdeenshiresouth.foodbank.org.uk