BO’NESS FOODBANK HAS COOL CUSTOMERS THANKS TO FRESH BURSARY BOOST
A Bo’ness foodbank will be delivering a ‘fresh’ lifeline service after being singled out for a bursary boost, allowing it to offer refrigerated and frozen food for the first time.
Bo’ness Storehouse Foodbank has been able to buy a much-needed upright fridge and chest freezer thanks to a funding award of £850 from Esh Group’s Communities Scheme.
The Esh Communities support means that foodbank volunteers can now safely store perishables and for a longer period of time, allowing them to expand their service and lend even further support to the community’s most needy.
Set up in 2012, the independently-run Storehouse in Links Court has continued to provide food aid to over a hundred households in the town.
In partnership with the Salvation Army, last year it delivered 65 hampers to deprived families on Christmas Day who faced an otherwise bleak festive season.
Those in need of food aid are referred by the various social care organisations in Bo’ness and Falkirk District, which is then followed by a commitment from the Storehouse to deliver food packs to those households for a minimum of six weeks.
The service is reliant on a team of volunteers who are all retired and kindly give up their spare time, as well as any donations received from the community.
The Storehouse, which received charitable status last year, is one of seven worthy recipients across Scotland that Esh Group has singled out for support – part of a total pot of £6,529 awarded for 2016.
Since its inception, the scheme has supported 93 organisations with over £90,000 across Scotland, Northern England, Yorkshire and Humberside.
Storehouse chairman Mike Munro was delighted to receive an Esh Communities cheque from Marie Campbell of Lumsden & Carroll, a specialist civil engineering delivery arm of Esh Group.
“Support like this means so much to us. The new fridge and freezer will make a big difference to our small team of volunteers, meaning that we can significantly expand on what we can offer.
“Those that we help will benefit from a wider variety of items and they can, in turn, store frozen food, meaning more choice and savings.
“A few years ago, I came across a foodbank in St Andrews and thought that if there was a need for it there, then there had to be an even greater need in Bo’ness.
“We found that local individuals and families were falling through the cracks of the benefits system and not getting any support for up to six weeks at a time. We were desperate to lend a hand.
“The Storehouse immediately took off and we now have three cars delivering food packs to three different areas with 12 volunteers all lending a hand.
“It’s amazing how small things can change lives, and hopefully our widened fresh food service can be the start of helping to get people back on their feet.”
Regional Civils Manager, Lee Taylor of Lumsden & Carroll said:
“We were only too pleased to help Bo’ness Storehouse Foodbank after receiving their bursary application last year.
“It immediately stood out as a fantastic, hugely worthwhile project – and their plan of introducing refrigeration facilities was something we wanted to contribute to, providing further aid to the most needy in the community.
“We hope that our funding support helps to deliver even more vital support and encourage new volunteers to come forward to lend a hand.
“We wish all of its hard-working volunteers and food pack recipients all the best for the future.”
Thank very much to Ms Nicols, Skills for life long learning class from Bo’ness Academy, and the Primary Schools in Bo’ness. The class went round Primary Schools and asked if they could contribute to Storehouse. Kinneil, Blackness, Public and Grange collected a mammoth about of food.
The class also did a sponsored walk to raise the money.