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Banff food bank's work bolstered by £2k grant


By Kyle Ritchie

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A food bank in Banff has been presented with a £2000 donation which will help support it during what has been one of its busiest times.

Run by the town's River Church, it received the grant from Deveron District Age Concern's grant fund.

The food bank has seen its packages more than double during the coronavirus outbreak.

The donations from Deveron District Age Concern help groups that are working within the community.

Deveron District Age Concern's Shona Sopel (right) presents the donation to Pastor Rob McArthur and Mary Kitchen who help organise the River Church food bank.
Deveron District Age Concern's Shona Sopel (right) presents the donation to Pastor Rob McArthur and Mary Kitchen who help organise the River Church food bank.

Pastor Rob McArthur said: "We applied for a grant of £1000 and were awarded £2000 because the group felt like the food bank was a very worthy cause.

"This was a huge surprise and blessing for us as we keep this vital service to our community going.

"Over the past four months we have had to change the way we do things at the food bank, like many others which have had to adapt.

"We had to find a whole new group of volunteers as many of our normal volunteers had to shield.

"Also my neighbours Fiona and Adric Ingleby offered to help out these past four months as well and they have done a wonderful job of driving from Kemnay to Portsoy and everywhere in-between delivering food parcels.

"We have been so thankful for their support.

"We have also seen our food parcels more than double during Covid-19, so we are thankful to Deveron District Age Concern for its very generous donation and many other groups that have given to keep the food bank going."

The food bank is based at the church situated on Banff's Castle Street.

Deveron District Age Concern is a charity with a base and shop in Macduff providing support and help to the local community.

Its work helps people in need by reason of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.

It provides a wide range of senior citizen information, signposting and support services, local community grants and donations. It is not restricted by age and the services are available to everyone.

Working with local groups such as Banffshire Partnership and Boyndie Trust it is able to provide community services such as its lunch club.

It also works with the local hospital and other local authorities to provide help for those in need.


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