Police Scotland vow to "Beat Hunger" in the North of Edinburgh with new campaign

Police Scotland, in partnership with Edinburgh North East Foodbank and Edinburgh Community Foods have just launched the ‘Beat Hunger’ Campaign.

Saturday, 13th March 2021, 7:00 am
The Beat Hunger campaign was launched on Friday March 12

The North East of Edinburgh contains some of the highest levels of poverty in Scotland and the campaign is aimed at tackling food inequality and poverty.

The project will be funded by Police Scotland's Local Partnership and Initiative Fund.

Local community sergeant Elaine McArthur-Kerr of Leith Police Station said :"As an organisation and as employees, we have a responsibility to improve the lives and futures of our community, particularly our children. This campaign will initially be open to identified groups within the foodbank community and thereafter extended to a wider group through referrals nominated by our partners.

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"Recipients will be supplied with free additional support in the appropriately titled ‘Beat Box’, which will include a community cookbook with recipes by Michelin Star Chef Martin Wishart.”

The book contains simple nutritious meals, which can be cooked using the most basic cooking facilities and includes step by step instructions and tips on food management.

It is also understood the recipes cater for those with no cookery skills.

Elaine added: "Each week there will be fresh ingredients, supplied by Capital Wholesalers and the utensils required to cook a meal from the book. For example, this week launches with a butternut squash soup and following weeks will include main meals and a pudding.

"Information on family, financial and mental health support literature will also be included.

"Promoting wellbeing is key to ensuring the health and safety of our community and this is a fantastic opportunity to support some of the most vulnerable during unprecedented times.”

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