So – what has been happening at Glenrothes Foodbank recently? Read on to find out!!
As always, our volunteers in the Foodbanks and those who must remain at home have been working hard to ensure we can keep clients supported and the community updated.
Week ending 26th February : nearly 2,800 meals delivered this week.
Week ending 19th February : over 2,600 meals delivered this week – a much quieter week.
Week ending 12th February : nearly 4,500 meal were delivered to families in crisis in our community – an extremely busy week.
Week ending 5th February : over 3,600 meals were delivered.
Week ending 29th January: nearly 3,300 meals were delivered.
Week ending 22nd January: over 3,900 meals were delivered.
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, we are focussing on delivering food parcels to our clients, although we do still have the occasional client coming to the door. We were able to purchase another van towards the end of last year, and this has helped considerably with the increase in deliveries.
Glenrothes Foodbank itself gives out 14 days’ worth of food, and our satellites – ADTRA in Auchmuty, and Leslie Pantry – both give out 7 days’ worth.
All donations, whether it be food, toiletries or money, are gratefully received. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of individuals and businesses in the run-up to Christmas – thank you all so very much. Unfortunately, however, we are currently unable to take donations of clothes: we have recently had a number of people asking about this. It is considered unsafe to handle any clothing due to the high risk of infection. We do appreciate your kindness, but right now we cannot accept any items of clothing, as we are unable to handle them. We will, however, keep you posted and let you know when we are able to take clothes again. Thank you for your understanding.
What many people may not realise, is that the Foodbank also supports pets; it has been revealed that many people prioritise feeding their pets over themselves. The Foodbank has received large donations of petfood from Amazon, local supermarkets and the community as a whole. Lynn Smart, our acting manager, has said that, before the pandemic, when people were able to come into the Foodbank, it was easier to find out if they had pets or not: but now, when things are done over the phone or by email, this information could easily be missed. For one week in January, people who were struggling to afford petfood could contact the Foodbank directly to request some – mainly for cats and dogs. This proved to be a very popular initiative, and 89kg of petfood was delivered to happy pets!
Sadly, demand for the Foodbank’s services has increased. Lynn has noticed that the biggest increase came when restrictions were eased slightly at the end of 2020: this was not just people who claim benefits, but also those who are in work and were struggling to cope. A considerable number of people who are furloughed are needing support, as what they receive is not enough to allow them to pay their way.