Foodbank seeks public support

Ellon's Kirk Centre
Ellon's Kirk Centre

Aberdeenshire North Foodbank has launched a public appeal 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 Ellon, Inverurie, and Huntly

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 Foodbank.

Stephen King, who is 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 residents in the area this week.

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

The Ellon Foodbank Centre is currently in temporary accommodation in the Kirk Centre on the town’s Station Road.

The centre is open to the public every Friday morning between 10am and noon.

However, emergency food parcels can be delivered to those in need outwith these times.

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