EAST Lothian Foodbank and its team of hard-working staff and volunteers have been praised for providing an “outstanding community service” for those at risk of going hungry in East Lothian, according to Craig Hoy MSP.
Craig Hoy, who is a Conservative MSP representing the South Scotland region, visited the Tranent-based facility where he saw first-hand the work being carried out by local staff and volunteers in support of the community.
The foodbank was set up in 2012 and is part of the Trussell Trust network. Since opening, it has handed out over 17,000 food parcels with 259,900kg of donations going towards feeding 23,679 adults and 14,376 children.
East Lothian Foodbank works with local agencies to meet the needs of those at risk of going hungry, taking referrals from Citizens Advice, East Lothian Council services and health professionals as well as other organisations across the county.
Craig met with manager Elaine and Operations Co-ordinator Andrew to discuss the ongoing challenges for many families due to the pandemic.
Craig said: “I would like to thank Elaine, Andrew and the rest of the team at East Lothian Foodbank for all of the amazing support they have provided for people across East Lothian.
“Last year, the foodbank supported over 7,000 people including nearly 3,000 children.
“It’s an outstanding community service which has been critical for many families in East Lothian during the covid pandemic.”
Manager Elaine Morrison added: “Over the next 3 years we’ll be working to implement our new strategy continuing to work with, and for, our community to ensure that people without enough money for food are able to access emergency support whilst also exploring ways to reduce the need for our service.
“If you, or someone you know is going hungry, please get in touch.”
East Lothian Foodbank is located at 11 Civic Square, Tranent, EH33 1LH.
You can contact the service on 07516 510 617 or email them at email@example.com