On 23rd March 2020 we initiated a city-wide response bringing together 24 local grassroots and small community-based projects from across the city, with Senior Managers from Dundee City Council and Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action. We facilitate weekly Zoom meetings with this group, now the Food Insecurity Network, which allows us to hear what our communities are struggling with, tailor the support to the local projects and ensure the Council responds in an informed and relevant way. These projects are rooted in their local communities and are the key food providers responding to food emergency and insecurity.
For the last 9 months these projects have been working tirelessly, providing food for 2-3,000 people each week. These are our neighbours, our friends, our family. As we move into our second lockdown in the middle of winter when bills are already higher, staying at home will push more people over the edge and plunge them into poverty.
The Scottish Government, Dundee City Council and local Charitable trusts have all contributed to the cost of food being distributed. But the local projects still need to purchase more food every week to ensure there is enough for each person they see.
Any funds donated will go directly to the projects to help them buy food or additional items, such as toiletries, cleaning products, face masks and hand gel. Any donation, no matter how small, will be gratefully received,
The projects involved in the Food Insecurity Network:
Kirkton Community Larder
St Marys Community Larder
Lochee Community larder
Taught by Muhammad Foodbank
The Salvation Army
St Lukes Church
St Marys RC Church
The Community Fridge
Making Dundee Home
Coldside Community Cupboard
Boomerang Community Centre
Rock Solid Community Larder
Fintry Parish Church
Chalmers Ardler Food Larder
Charleston and Lochee Churches Food provision
The Network works closely with Dundee Foodbank to ensure there is a coordinated approach across the city.
You will find more information on our Facebook page: Faith in Community Dundee. https://www.facebook.com/FaithinCommunityDundee
- Lauryn Shankland
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