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Covid-19 funding for North Ayrshire Foodbank

Preparing meals at North Ayrshire Foodbank

As part of our £235,000 Covid-19 funding we’re providing the North Ayrshire Foodbank with up to £1,000 of meat a week to help provide up to 2,500 meals a week, through the Dalry Parish Boundary Trust.

North Ayrshire Foodbank is currently providing meals to Redburn Community Centre, Beith Community Development Trust, Cranberry Moss Community Association, Fullerton Community Association and distributing food through its own centre at Ardrossan's Church of Nazarene.

The meals are being distributed to vulnerable people and families during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The foodbank has already quadrupled the number of meals it makes each week, from 300 to 1,200, but estimates this could reach 2,500 in the coming weeks.

Craig Crosthwaite, North Ayrshire Foodbank’s coordinator, based in Ardrossan's Church of Nazarene said: “I’m overwhelmed at how the community has come together at this critical time to help those who are in most need of our support.

“The generous donation of meat will be invaluable to help us make healthy, nutritious and warm meals including curries, pasta dishes and stews, alongside vegetarian options.

“We’re trying to reach as many people as possible, while prioritising isolated elderly people and vulnerable families.

“The donations we’re receiving from the likes of Community Windpower and the Dalry Parish Boundary Trust, local supermarkets and other food outlets clearly demonstrate what a fantastic community spirit we have here, and we know this will continue beyond the end of this terrible situation.

“We are operating and budgeting on a worse-case scenario and will ensure we do not get unnecessary funds or supplies, managing the flow so we make the most of everything the community provides.”

Each organisation collects the meals from the foodbank, before delivering it to people in their local areas.

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower, which operates three wind farms in the area, Dalry, Millour Hill and Millour Hill Extension, said: “We’re living in worrying and unprecedented time for everyone, and now is the time we need to dig deep and help everyone in our local communities.

“Alongside the Dalry Parish Boundary Trust, we want to help ensure people and families aren’t worried about food at this time, and we hope our support, along that of other organisations, to the foodbank helps to achieve this.

“The meat we’re contributing for Craig and the team at North Ayrshire Foodbank has come from a local Dalry butcher, and we’ll continue to support local businesses and organisations as we’ve done in the past.

“We’ve been an intrinsic part of the local community for more than 13 years and will always look at ways to help ensure everyone is cared for, particularly at this time.”

North Ayrshire Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Craig added: “We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry and the situation around COVID-19 is proving to be very challenging, but also rewarding to see the community rise up to the challenge.

“Our chef has gone from part time to full time, thanks in part to funding from North Ayrshire Council.

“We’re adhering to Government guidelines during all activity, including social distancing and washing hands regularly.

“By following guidance and coming together as a community, we’ve been able to rapidly increase our meal distribution to the people and families who need it most.”

The needs of people are assessed by staff at the two locality hubs of Redburn Community Centre and St Johns.

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