North Ayrshire Foodbanks is looking to develop donating partnerships with local businesses.

North Ayrshire Foodbanks has been assisting on average 5,000 persons since 2012. One third of those assisted are children under the age of 18. In addition, the food bank spearheaded the summer activity club programme offering free meals to those facing holiday time hunger when they would otherwise have qualified for a free school meal.

The food bank Coordinator, Craig Crosthwaite said: “Businesses are a key element in our economic welfare and the jobs they create enable us to pay for our housing, food, clothes, and energy.

“Sadly, there are many people within our communities—family, friends and neighbours—who cannot achieve this, and at times face the issue of securing that most basic of needs—food.

“The food bank has worked with local supermarkets and benefited from compassionate donations from schools, churches and individual businesses as well as concerned individuals to gain the 60 tons of food it distributes each year to those referred to us by agencies.”

This year has seen a drop in the number of events that supermarkets can offer due to policy changes and this is having an impact on the food bank’s stocks. This has led the food bank to look at developing a new strategy to address the changes.

The food bank will be organising a campaign of awareness raising amongst employers and encourage their them to organise staff collections and to donate just a single tin of food.

Craig said: “VOCA, the Irvine-based call centre, has a permanent collection point for their staff who have given generously since 2013. This provides us with a steady stream of donations providing that essential lifeline to so many. Other business have donated ad-hoc and we thank them for that.

“If employers are interested in hosting a permanent collection point and supporting our campiagn, then please do get in touch by phoning 01294 608519 ext 301 between 10am and 2pm Mon-Fri or email nafoodbank@btinternet.com.”

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