Col­lec­tion or­gan­ised by church in bid to help boost food bank

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A CHURCH con­gre­ga­tion has ap­pealed for more food bank do­na­tions af­ter re­veal­ing that de­mand for such help re­mains high.

St James Church, near Cru­den Bay, reg­u­larly holds a food col­lec­tion dur­ing weekly ser­vices.

Food bank use in the North-east has been linked to low wages and con­tin­u­ing eco­nomic un­cer­tainty. Now, the con­gre­ga­tion has been told that there is as much de­mand for ed­i­bles and toi­letries as ever.

A spe­cial food col­lec­tion event was to be held to­day at Mor­risons su­per­mar­ket in Peter­head from 10am to 4pm. Parish­ioner Sam Coull said: “The char­i­ta­ble dis­tri­bu­tion to those in need will be un­der­taken by our epis­co­pal church’s long-time Cyre­ni­ans friends.

“All the signs in­di­cate that aus­ter­ity still bites deep and any real re­cov­ery in the oil in­dus­try feed­ing back into the lo­cal econ­omy is some way off.” Mr Coull added that the con­gre­ga­tion hopes the food drive is an op­por­tu­nity for the “sym­pa­thetic public” to reach out and help those less for­tu­nate than them­selves.

He added: “An ex­tra tin, jar or what­ever doesn’t add that much to the bill at the check-out.

“With it goes that warm feel­ing of sat­is­fac­tion know­ing that, when you sit down to lunch, you have helped some­one else less for­tu­nate.”

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