ANGUS MACDONALD MAKES FINANCIAL DONATION TO FALKIRK FOODBANK
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 13:40
Angus MacDonald MSP has recently been able to assist Falkirk’s Food Bank with a cheque for £150. The Falkirk East MSP recently completed an MSP survey with Ipsos MORI who agreed to provide a cheque for a local good cause nominated by Mr MacDonald.
Mr MacDonald said:
“I am delighted that Falkirk Food Bank will benefit from the time I spent completing this survey.
“I recently visited the food bank to discuss the issues facing the charity and met with Alf Collington who is organising the excellent work carried out by volunteers.
“It is an absolute scandal that Food Banks are necessary in our energy and oil rich country in this day and age, but sadly this is the reality. There is real poverty in Scotland and it is shameful that it is not far away from our own doorsteps.
“I have nothing but admiration for the volunteers who work with the Trussell Trust, however I look forward to the day when we have a fairer society in Scotland in which Food Banks are no longer required.”
After his visit to the Trussell Trust last autumn, Mr MacDonald lodged a motion to highlight the issue at the Scottish Parliament.
The trust had made him aware of the issues facing people that bring them to the Food Bank, including unemployment, changes to benefits and the rising cost of living, especially the cost of heating their homes.
Trussell Trust report that numbers of people caught in the poverty trap and having to make use of the food Banks are increasing. Last year the figure had increased to almost 350,000 in Scotland.
There will be a members’ debate in the Scottish Parliament in the near future when MSPs will debate the situation regarding Food Banks in Scotland.
Falkirk Food Bank
That the Parliament notes with concern that the number of people helped at Trussell Trust food banks this year is nearly three times the number helped in 2011-12 and almost 350,000 people have received at least three days of emergency food during the last 12 months; considers with regret that the rising cost of living, static incomes, changes to benefits, underemployment and unemployment has increased the number of people in the UK who have hit a crisis that forces them to go hungry; commends the Trussell Trust food bank network, which created the Falkirk Food Bank, for its continued help to the district's most vulnerable residents; also commends the hard work of the network of churches that support the Falkirk Food Bank and of the food bank volunteers and donators; hopes that the Falkirk Food Bank will meet the needs of the community in the future to alleviate suffering and inequality, and looks forward to a fairer Scotland in which food banks are no longer required.
Supported by: Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Dennis Robertson, Bill Kidd, Chic Brodie, Roderick Campbell, Alison Johnstone, Colin Beattie, Adam Ingram, Mike MacKenzie, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Nigel Don, Jean Urquhart, Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Bruce Crawford, Clare Adamson, Colin Keir, David Torrance