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.”