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MSP welcomes food bank funding

Mr Allard in front of empty shelves at the Instant Neighbour foodbank in Aberdeen.

Mr Allard in front of empty shelves at the Instant Neighbour foodbank in Aberdeen.

North-East MSP Christian Allard has welcomed the Scottish Government’s £518,000 support for projects across Scotland to help tackle food poverty.

A total of 26 projects across Scotland will benefit from the funding including Instant Neighbour, a charity that helps thousands of people living in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

The number of people using foodbanks in Scotland between April 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, increased by 400% to 71,428 people, according to the Trussell Trust.

This includes more than 22,000 children who used their foodbanks during this period.

Commenting on the situation, Mr Allard said: “It is welcome news that more than £500,000 will go to organisations across Scotland that help those in food poverty on a daily basis.

“But it saddens me that so many rely so heavily on the services of foodbanks.

“This funding will provide a vital lifeline for hundreds of families across the north-east of Scotland.

“The Trussell Trust has highlighted that Westminster’s cuts to welfare are a key driving force in the increase in demand at foodbanks across the country.

“In a week when the UK Government appointed 22 new members to the House of Lords, among them a number of prominent Tory party donors, it is clear that Westminster has its priorities all wrong.”

 

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