Islanders given helping hand from Foodbank

The Foodbank was officially launched with an event at Stornoway's New Wine Church. Western Isles MSP Dr Alasdair Allan unveiled the sign outside to mark the official opening. SGD25765.

The Foodbank was officially launched with an event at Stornoway's New Wine Church. Western Isles MSP Dr Alasdair Allan unveiled the sign outside to mark the official opening. SGD25765.

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The Eilean Siar Foodbank Distribution Centre in Point Street, Stornoway was opened on Saturday by Alasdair Allan MSP.

The Foodbank will assist people in crisis by providing emergency food packages.

The Foodbank is operated by New Wine Church Stornoway and is part of the Trussell Trust network of Foodbanks. Prior to opening the Foodbank had already helped over 140 households, from Lewis to Barra, with nutritionally balanced emergency food packages. In the last 12 months the Trussell Trust has assisted almost 350,000 people in crisis across the UK.

Catriona Stewart of the Eilean Siar Foodbank said: “The Foodbank is here to help people in crisis. People can find that problems like benefit delays or unexpected bills can mean that they can not provide for themselves and their families. The Foodbank can help in situations like this.”

Mrs Stewart added: “We would like to thank all those who have worked to make this project a success; the Foodbank volunteers, and all those supporters who have provided resources and prayers. In particular I would like to thank local churches and local businesses like Tesco and Grillburger for all their assistance.”

The Foodbank is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11am-2pm.

More information on the Eilean Siar Foodbank can be found at www.eileansiar.foodbank.org.uk