Angus MacDonald Welcomes Scottish Government Allocation of Over £500k for Food Banks

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed Scottish Government funding aimed at tackling food poverty.

 Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced £518,000 of grants.

 The Trussell Trust said the number of people who used their food banks in Scotland between April last year and March this year rose to 71,428.

It said that figure was five times the number which used them during the previous financial year.

 In April, the Scottish government announced £1m to support the work of food providers through the Emergency Food Fund.

Half of that has been allocated to the charity FareShare, which redistributes surplus food from retailers to charities supporting communities.

 '400% increase'

 The announcement about the remaining £518,000 comes ahead of a welfare debate in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday.

 Speaking in his Falkirk East constituency, Angus MacDonald MSP said:

 It is nothing short of a scandal that we have food banks in energy-rich and oil-rich Scotland!”

 "Worryingly, the Trussell Trust, who run the Falkirk food bank has seen a 400% increase in people using food banks between April 2013 and March 2014, which includes more than 22,000 children using these services.”

“The Emergency Food Fund will go some way towards helping, but full powers over our own Scottish economy is the ultimate answer to combating food poverty.”

 

 

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