Braes Storehouse Food Bank receives £2000 boost from Ineos

Food bank volunteers have welcomed a funding boost at a time when demand for its service has increased threefold.

By Jonathon Reilly
Monday, 20th July 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 12:19 pm
Braes Storehouse Food Bank volunteers have received a £2000 donation from Ineos. Picture: Michael Gillen.
Braes Storehouse Food Bank volunteers have received a £2000 donation from Ineos. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Braes Storehouse Food Bank was awarded £2000 by Ineos as part of the Grangemouth manufacturing and petrochemical site’s Community Fund.

Nominated by Ineos pipeline specialist Ian Campbell, Braes Storehouse will use the money to support those in the Braes, Maddiston and surrounding areas who find themselves in financial hardship.

The Maddiston Salvation Army Centre-based food bank, which receives referrals via Falkirk Council, Citizens Advice Bureau, JobCentre and schools, normally operates a six-week food programme with toiletries and household items given out on weeks three and six.

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However, it has had to make significant changes as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

James Lawder, Braes Storehouse treasurer, said: “Due to the Covid-19 crisis, we have had to adapt our operations and at the same time we have seen an increase in referrals.

“We are now offering emergency food bags plus a toiletries and household parcel with the option of top-up food bags every two to three weeks.

“This means we are having to spend more on food, plus toiletries and household items, than we budgeted for.

“The grant from Ineos has come just at the right time for us. It will allow us to continue to operate the food bank in the Braes area during the current lockdown restrictions and thereafter.”

Nominating employee Ian said: “In the midst of all this uncertainty and sadness, this is really good news for a local community group undertaking very important work in the local communities adjacent to Ineos’ manufacturing site at Grangemouth.

“I would like to thank Ineos for their support.”

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