Volunteers from Falkirk Foodbank were celebrating an early Christmas present that will help keep the service running for the next two years.
It received £73,209 from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland’s Support and Connect programme.
The programme has already this year provided £19 million for activities including foodbanks, money advice, community clothing and starter pack projects.
Alf Collington, Falkirk Foodbank’s project manager, said the grant was a welcome bonus and both an early Christmas and birthday present for the charity which celebrated its first anniversary yesterday (Wednesday).
He said: “It’s great news. When we established the foodbank I could never have imagined how much demand there would be on our doorstep for food parcels.
“We deliver to people in dire, dire circumstances, who don’t have anything and without food parcels would have nothing to eat.”
In the last 12 months, 3650 parcels of vital food have been delivered – an average of 10 per day.
Alf added: “This grant will help meet our day-to-day running costs for the next two years.
“We don’t pay any wages. Everyone who is involved is a volunteer.”
He thanked everyone who has provided support to Falkirk Foodbank in the past year, including volunteers and all those who have donated or raised money for the charity.
“We’ve gone from nothing to delivering 300 parcels a month and this will help build our capacity to meet the growing need,” he added.