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Aberdeenshire Community Food Fund opens for applications


By Rachael Glennie

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Applications to a new Aberdeenshire Community Food Fund are now being accepted.

Aberdeenshire Council has made funds available to support local projects tackling food

security in North-east communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

North Aberdeenshire Foodbank recently reported a 75 percent increase in the number of people fed this year compared to the same time frame from the start of April to mid-May in 2019 which included a 69 percent increase in adults and a staggering 90 percent increase in children.

Ellon and District has posted the largest increase in food support with a 540 percent rise, with

Inverurie showing a 183 percent increase and Peterhead South and Cruden 148 percent.

The Aberdeenshire Community Food Fund is for community or resilience groups seeking

funding to tackle food security such as constituted groups, registered charities or partnerships involving local organisations with a constituted body as lead partner.

It is not available to individuals or private organisations operating as a business to make a

profit.

Aberdeenshire Council, in association with housing association's, employability services and other partners, has developed a new food strategy which is looking at not only the use of foodbanks, but access to good quality affordable food, community allotments and gardens to support our communities.

The council has been allocated just over £1 million for its wider Food Fund from a nationwide Scottish Government allocation of £30million.

The initiatives will address food insecurity for those families and households experiencing

poorer socio-economic outcomes or address health barriers and enable a continued response to the needs of communities during transition and recovery.

Applications to the Aberdeenshire Community Food Fund will be assessed by the local area managers office and funds will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If approved, funds will be awarded within 20 working days of the application being made.

For information on the criteria and to submit an application, visit

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/funding/community-resilience-

covid-19/#apply


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