Collection organised by church in bid to help boost food bank
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.”