Guild’s talk is food for thought

Campbeltown Courier - - DISTRICTS -

SOME of the ru­mours sur­round­ing food bank use were dis­pelled at Kil­cal­monell Guild’s first af­ter­noon meet­ing.

Kin­tyre Food Bank’s chair­man Maryanne Ste­wart and trea­surer Chris­tine Jar­dine trav­elled to Clachan re­cently to give the guild mem­bers a crash course on the char­ity’s work.

They ex­plained that the food bank clients have to be re­ferred by a doc­tor, so­cial worker, or one of 24 other agen­cies, and there has been a 71 per cent in­crease in the use of the food bank since last year.

They also told the group that the main rea­sons peo­ple need help are a de­lay in ben­e­fit pay­ments and vari­able low in­comes in sit­u­a­tions where zero hours con­tracts ex­ist.

Sud­den crises such as re­dun­dancy, home­less­ness, ill­ness or do­mes­tic abuse can also leave peo­ple in a very vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion, es­pe­cially if there are chil­dren to sup­port.

A guild spokesper­son said: ‘They man­aged to dis­pel some of the myths and neg­a­tive ru­mours that have sur­rounded their self­less work in pro­vid­ing food for very needy peo­ple.

‘We were given lists of what is typ­i­cally in a food par­cel, and that will help us in de­cid­ing what to put in the boxes at lo­cal su­per­mar­kets.

‘Chris­tine and Maryanne were thanked for clar­i­fy­ing this for us and con­grat­u­lated for pro­vid­ing such a nec­es­sary ser­vice as vol­un­teers.

‘They would ap­pre­ci­ate any­one with a lit­tle spare time of­fer­ing to help them with this work.’

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