Iain visits foodbank as schools return

Iain Gray MSP has visited East Lothian Foodbank to catch up with the team there and discuss its vital lifeline service for local people facing food poverty.

Mr Gray visited the Foodbank on the day children returned to school, which is often a time when it sees a spike in referrals for support.

As well as discussing the charity’s recent progress with Peter and volunteers, Mr Gray also lent a hand with preparing food parcels for local people.

Speaking after his visit, Iain Gray MSP said:

I was pleased to catch up with Peter and the volunteers, and also help with preparing food parcels to go to those who need them.

“One of the lesser known effects of children returning to school is that there is sometimes a spike in referrals for support, possibly as families find themselves under financial pressure through buying new uniforms, school shoes etc.

“Whatever the reason, the foodbank continues to be a vital lifeline for far too many families in East Lothian – an organisation we should not need at all, but unfortunately do. The truth is the demand on the foodbank is growing, not reducing as we would like to see, and Peter and his team of volunteers do an amazing job week in week out.

“As always, donations are needed, and most of our supermarkets have a donation point, so when you shop, please do think about buying some extra items and placing them there.”

Peter Dicker, Manager of East Lothian Foodbank, said:

“It’s always nice to see our elected politicians getting involved with the Foodbank and coming in to help. Iain was able to see the great and varied work that our volunteers do, and spoke to the ones at the Foodbank that day and listened to their concerns.

“We would not be able to do what we do without our much valued volunteers. I discussed with him that we, The Foodbank, do not want to be here, but we are, and we are providing a vital service to the community in East Lothian.”