A Lothians food bank project is warning that more people than ever may be reliant on foodbanks this Christmas.
The Edinburgh Food Project, a small charity that runs foodbank centres in the North West, Centre and East of Edinburgh, has stated that this Christmas will be their ‘busiest yet’
The charity is appealing for public support to try and raise the number of donations ahead of the busy period.
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According to data from the Edinburgh project, there has been a 32% increase in referrals to their foodbank centres; with 5,433 people across Edinburgh receiving crisis food packs between April – September 2017.
Bethany Monaghan, Edinburgh Food Project, Operations Manager, said: “Although Christmas is a wonderful time of year, many people living in Edinburgh will not see it as a time for celebration.
“Christmas time puts pressure on individuals and their families who are already struggling to make ends meet.
“Year on year, we are seeing a sharp increase in demand for our foodbanks in December and we expect this to be our busiest Christmas on record.
“Families in Edinburgh are struggling; many can’t afford to put a hot meal on the table.
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“Our charity relies solely on donations from kind-hearted and generous members of the public to help those who are in need.
“More than once this year we have run critically low on stock and we need the public’s support now more than ever to ensure we can provide for the most vulnerable people in Edinburgh.
“We are urging those who can to add some extra items into their shopping basket when at the supermarket.
“You can donate directly to our warehouse or leave in the collection points at a variety of supermarkets across the city.
“A small gesture can go a long way in helping to put a smile on someone’s face this Christmas.”