BY MICHAEL RUSSELL
The South Skye and Lochalsh Food Bank have launched an appeal for new premises in which to store their supplies.
At the moment stocks are kept at an address within the Kyle area, but that storage space needs to be vacated in the new year.
Food bank administrator Lynne Kearns said: “We are looking for anything suitable for us to kit out with shelves — container, industrial unit, etc — but it must be secure, lockable and preferably with 24/7 access. The approximate dimensions would need to be 16 feet by 16 feet and with a nominal rent if possible.”
The Kyle food bank was established in the Lighthouse Centre in April of last year. Figures provided by Blythswood Care, which provides admin and support to all Highland food banks, show that the overall number of people fed increased from 4,468 in 2013-14 to 5,509 this year.
Mrs Kearns said that from the beginning of April 2014 to the end of December 2014 34 clients were fed by the Kyle food bank. From the beginning of January 2015 to date that figure has risen to 74.
She added: “In this current year 22.5 per cent of those helped were due to benefit delays and benefit changes but 55 per cent of those helped were people on low income which kind of explodes the myth that the majority of people using foodbanks are on benefits when in fact they are working families.”
If anyone can help the South Skye and Lochalsh Food Bank in their search for new premises, contact Lynne on 07743 971896 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured are food bank volunteers Andy Kearns, chairman Ian Grimmer and Lynne Kearns