Joseph Storehouse boosted by Santander donation

Community grant will help feed those in need in Peterhead.
Community grant will help feed those in need in Peterhead.

Joseph Storehouse, the foodbank programme run by Apex Church, has received a major funding boost thanks to Santander.

The programme was successfully nominated for a Community Plus grant and was awarded £5,000 from the Santander Foundation to fund the running costs of the foodbank, which supports disadvantaged families in Peterhead, supplying them with food and necessities.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to UK-registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Commenting on the grant, Apex Church pastor, Neil Cameron, said: “This is fantastic news for Joseph Storehouse.

“This grant will allow us to facilitate the ever-growing community work that we do within Peterhead.

“We have been quite overwhelmed by the need across all spectrums of our community.

“Joseph Storehouse helps a wide cross-section of people, including it those who find themselves in desperate need through change of circumstance, delay in benefit or a crisis situation, or those who just struggle to make ends meet.

“We have also been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community so far and the help that we have been given towards this programme.”

Since it began in May last year, Joseph Storehouse has distributed around 1,300 parcels of food, household goods and personal care items to those in need within the Peterhead community.”

A Santander spokesperson said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK.

“Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community it serves and we are delighted to be supporting Joseph Storehouse, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”

Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford paid a visit to Joseph Storehouse earlier this year when she learned about the work of the Peterhead programme.

“Although Peterhead is one of the wealthier parts of Scotland, it’s important to remember that there are significant numbers of people struggling on very low incomes in our community.”