The opening of the Eilean Siar Foodbank has touched a nerve with the local community and efforts are already being made to raise funds.
David Linden (23), whose wife Roslyn is from Lewis, is taking on the Great Scottish Run on October 6th to raise money for the Trussell Trust which supports food banks across the country.
The couple were married by Stornoway’s New Wine Church Pastor, Donnie Stewart, last year, and always return to the local church when back on Lewis.
Of his decision to support the Eilean Siar Foodbank, David said: “I guess I find it pretty sad that there’s a requirement for food banks at all in 2013. In my day job, I work in politics, we spend a lot of time debating about whose fault this and that is, blaming each other and debating about how to tackle inequality. Frankly we are perhaps a bit guilty of spending too much time talking and not necessarily acting. The work that the Trussell Trust and New Wine are doing cuts all that out and just gets on with helping folk put food on the table.”
He said there were many foodbanks opening up in Glasgow where he and his wife live but that he wanted to support the island project due to the practical and geographical challenges people face on an island.
He added: “As you’re running along a race route, you take comfort in the fact that, along the way or at the end, someone will be there to hand you a bottle of water or a banana to keep you going when you’re ready to give up. In many respects that’s exactly what the food bank is doing - helping folk who need that extra support to get through the challenge or the difficult part. So I hope that as many people as possible will consider donating even a few pounds for such a great cause.”
To support David’s challenge visit http://www.justgiving.com/David-Linden3