The number of people using the Midlothian Foodbank has risen slightly in the past year.
More than 1875 local residents received three days’ emergency food supplies from the Gorebridge-based organisation in 2015/16. Of this number 706 were children.
This compares with 1869 people fed in 2014/15 of which 705 were children
At the Midlothian Foodbank, the three top reasons for referral were benefit delay, homelessness and debt.
Over the last year, local people have donated more than 20 tonnes of food to the foodbank, and over 30 volunteers are regularly involved. Local schools, businesses and faith groups have provided vital support to the foodbank, enabling us to give three days’ nutritionally balanced food and support to people in crisis.
As well as providing emergency food, Midlothian Foodbank also provides essentials like washing powder, nappies and hygiene products to struggling families. It also helps the people using its services to
get support to help address the underlying cause of the food poverty.
Midlothian Foodbank manager Janice Burns said: “We are still seeing an increase in the number of three days’ emergency food supplies provided to local people in crisis in Midlothian in the last year. It is all too easy when you look at figures to forget the real people behind the statistics.
“One of the saddest stories we encountered was a client who was diagnosed with cancer and their employer laid them off as they would have to attend the hospital for a number of months to receive the vital treatment for their illness.
“That’s why the foodbank is so vital. We are very grateful for the ongoing support of the community, and hope that one day there will be no need for us in Midlothian. But until that day comes, we will continue to offer the best possible service to help local people facing a crisis.”