New foodbank to open in Midlothian

Recent welfare reforms have led to a need for a new local foodbank according to the manager of the Gorebridge-based facility.

Midlothian foodbank opens on July 9 at Gorebridge Parish Church in collaboration with the recycling centre run there, and is the work of national charity the Trussells Trust and the church.

Midlothian foodbank manager Janice Burns explained why it is needed.

She said:“The reason for doing this is the welfare changes. They have made food banks a lot busier. Hence we are starting one in Midlothian, as it’s needed..”

The new voluntary group will be at Tesco’s Hardengreen on July 5 and 6 collecting non-perishable foods such as pasta sauce, cereal, tea bags and most tinned food to feed local people in crisis.

Read more on this story in the June 20 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.