A chance to help the hungry this Christmas

Cllr Blackett donates at the foodbank
Cllr Blackett donates at the foodbank

Aberdeenshire South Foodbank (ASFB) will be collecting food this weekend in the Banchory Tesco store in a bid to build-up food reserves before Christmas.

The local foodbank will be participating in the third nationwide Tesco Foodbank Collection this weekend and will be inviting customers to the Banchory Tesco store to give generously in the build-up to Christmas.

Tesco is aiming to have collected enough food for 10 million meals by the end of the year and customers will have the opportunity to help reach this target this weekend from today (Friday November 29) until Sunday (December 1).

Shoppers at the Banchory Tesco will be offered a shopping list of specially selected items when they enter the store and will be asked to purchase one or more products on the list, which can be handed in at the collection point at the end of their shop. Aberdeenshire South Food Bank, set up in December 2012 is one of approximately 40 food banks operating in Scotland as part of the Trussel Trust with the Annex to the Banchory Ternan West Church in Mount Street opening in June of this year.

Over 60 volunteers work in every aspect of the organisation from collecting to checking, sorting and packing food; delivering food parcels to rural locations in South Aberdeenshire.

ASFB Manager Don Morrison says: “Winter is the hardest time of year for people experiencing financial hardship and this Christmas is looking especially tough as food and heating prices continue to rise. We’re delighted that Tesco is so willing to work with us to help stop local people going hungry this Christmas.”

Since opening its doors in June, ASFB has fed 122 adults and 137 children throughout South Aberdeenshire, with the number of people coming forward for emergency food growing steadily.

A recent study showed cases of people being admitted to NHS care for malnutrition have almost doubled in Britain since the last general election.

Aaron Philp, store manager at Banchory Tesco said: “Our customers were incredibly generous when we held our last food collection in the summer, so we’re hoping to collect an even bigger amount this time. Tesco will be topping up total donations by a further 30%.”