Foodbank collection points established in Kyle and Broadford

The Co-op stores in Broadford and Kyle have been helping the South Skye and Lochalsh Foodbank by allowing them to have red collection bins in store.

Foodbank members Andrew and Lynne Kearns pictured with Broadford Co-op staff Scott Thompson and Ben Yoxon

Foodbank members Andrew and Lynne Kearns pictured with Broadford Co-op staff Scott Thompson and Ben Yoxon

Foodbank organisers hope shoppers will help people in need in the area by donating non-perishable food, juice and tinned fruit plus items such as baby wipes, toothpaste and soap. Lynne Kearns of the foodbank revealed this week that they have issued 45 local families — totalling 96 people — with vouchers since April 2014.

She added: “Four emergency food boxes have been issued from Kyle housing department. Portree and Broadford health and social care have recently requested six boxes which we expect to be handed out fairly soon. Emergency food boxes are given to those who need help urgently.

“Some of the people helped have literally had no food in the house at all and with children to feed and no means of getting any immediate food other than from the foodbank. We also issued 20 Christmas boxes to local people which contained ‘treats’ such as Christmas pudding, biscuits, tinned ham, jam, etc.”

Mrs Kearns urged those referral agents who have not yet issued any vouchers to do so.