Cumbernauld church appeals for food aid as Scottish food bank use quadruples

Written by Scott Campbell. Scott Campbell
Published at 17:55 on 3 May 2014.
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Cumbernauld Old Parish church issued the appeal: Pic: Cumbernauld Old Parish.

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ONE Cumbernauld parish has issued a public appeal for people to get behind local food banks, as the number of Scots having to make use of the emergency continues to increase.

According to statistics from the Trussell Trust, more than 56,000 people in Scotland used their food banks, between April 2013 and February this year. This figure is up on the previous 12 months, where only 14,318 people used their food banks. Meanwhile, across the UK, some 1million people are expected to be reliant on emergency food banks by the end of this year. 

In Cumbernauld, there are two food banks, run independent of the Trussell Trust. The Salvation Army, in Kildrum, runs one, whilst the Cornerstone Christian Felllowship, at Cumbernauld town centre, runs the second. Both say that the number of people requiring assistance has been increasing.

As a result of the shocking figures and drastic number of Scots having to rely on emergency food banks, Cumbernauld Village’s Old Parish Church has appealing for local residents and members of its congregation to donate food to Cumbernauld’s squeezed food banks.  

“As you may know, there are now two Food Banks in Cumbernauld,” a statement on the Cumbernauld Old Parish Church website reads.

“At its recent meeting the Kirk Session agreed that we should encourage the congregation to help our local community by contributing to these banks, run by the Salvation Army and Cornerstone Christian Fellowship,” it continues. 

“Most of the goods needed are tinned items (e.g. mince, stew, curry, hot dogs, chopped ham/pork, spaghetti, ravioli, macaroni cheese, peas, beans, potatoes, tuna, fruit and custard) plus tea-bags, long-life (UHT) milk, breakfast cereal and biscuits.”

The situation is so desperate at the Bethlehem: House of Bread food bank, run by the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, on Esk Walk, at Cumbernauld town centre, that the bank’s organisers have been forced to issue an urgent appeal for a “Baby Buggy for a young mum”, according to their website.

“There is a box for donated items at both the Parish Church and Forge Community Centre, and that will remain as long as necessary,” the statement on the Cumbernauld Old Parish Church website adds. 

Bethlehem: House of Bread was launched by the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship on September 19th, 2011, as the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition cuts began to take effect. 

The food bank aims to “offer a meals service to those in need around the town”, according to their website; with the bank open at Cornerstone House every Thursday between 6 and 8pm.

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