Ellon Foodbank Centre moves to new location


Aberdeenshire North Foodbank’s Ellon Centre has moved into larger premises at the town’s 71 Station Road.

The ground floor suite of rooms provides more space for volunteers, individuals accessing the foodbank and food storage.

Among the centre’s first visitors will be a group of Health and Social Care students from the North East College Fraserburgh Campus with their lecturer Angela Watt.

The students recently undertook a sponsored “foodbank diet” which involved them each living on a typical food parcel for three days.

Their visit will enable them to see how a foodbank is run and to present the proceeds from their fundraising project.

Opened in 2014, the Ellon foodbank has had to move location several times but is looking forward to establishing a permanent base in the former VSA Carer’s Centre.

Currently offering two sessions a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am–12noon, Ellon foodbank is run by volunteers and funded entirely by donations.

Individuals and families in need require a voucher to access an emergency food parcel which they can then bring along to the foodbank.

Vouchers are available from a number of partner organisations and front-line agencies such as Gordon Rural Action, social workers, health visitors and Ministers.

Manager, Jeannie Price, said: “Our position means we are easily accessible for anyone coming to access a food parcel or to drop off a food donation.”