A new foodbank in Hamilton that will provide an emergency supply of food to people in need is to receive six months of support from Scotmid Co-operative.
Scotmid will be donating £150 in vouchers to the Hamilton District Foodbank each month when the initiative launches on 3 December 2013.
Nicola Simpson, who is setting up the Hamilton Foodbank said: “We are extremely grateful to receive such generous support from Scotmid. It will go along way in helping to provide a much needed service to those in our community who are currently struggling to put food on the table, while at the same time heating their homes and trying to make ends meet.”
Malcolm Brown, Head of Corporate Communications for Scotmid said: “In these difficult economic times, services like the Hamilton District Foodbank are vital for many people in the local community. Scotmid is delighted to support this important initiative, which will provide emergency food for individuals and families facing a crisis.”
According to the Trussell Trust, which is helping to launch the foodbank, 13 million people now live below the poverty line in the UK. The Trust has launched 350 foodbanks in the UK, including 30 in Scotland.
The Hamilton District Foodbank is a joint venture by churches in the local area, including St Andrew’s Parish Church Blantyre, High Blantyre Baptist Church, Hillhouse Parish Church Hamilton, and Hamilton Baptist Church. All food given out by the foodbank will be donated and the charity will provide at least three days of emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis.