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Moray Council's food fund reopens for families facing winter hardship

By Lorna Thompson

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MORAY Council’s food fund to support families facing hardship has been extended.

Unique to Moray, the flexible food fund supports families experiencing financial insecurity during these most difficult of times.

The reopening follows the success of the initial phase of the flexible food fund, funded by the Scottish Government. The first tranche ran from May to September and supported more than 700 households in Moray.

Anyone facing such hardship can apply for help in paying for food during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

Cash is allocated monthly to successful applicants, based on the number of adults and children in the house.

Those who previously received grants from the food fund will need to re-apply and the first payment will be made in December, with a further payment in January. Applicants can also choose to put the money towards energy costs.

Moray Council benefits manager Norma Matheson said: "Our flexible food fund has been recognised nationally as offering an holistic and longer-term support service for individuals and families experiencing extreme financial hardship.

"We know from speaking with these hundreds of households how welcome this support has been, and I’m pleased we’re able to extend this support over the winter period.

"I’d encourage those who applied before to do so again if they’re still experiencing financial hardship and invite others in a similar position to seek help from the fund."

To apply phone 0300 123 4563. Organisations and support services acting on behalf of those in need can refer clients by completing a referral form.

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