We are holding our Harvest Service for Primary 1-7 on Friday 10 October.
In past years, the children have kindly brought in goods for the Harvest Table. This year we hope to distribute these items to East Lothian Foodbank, which supports our wider school community. We have noted below items that can be donated. East Lothian Foodbank is linked to the Trussell Trust, a large charity which oversees a network of over 325 Foodbanks across the UK.
If any of the children wish to make a donation, please ensure that these are handed into school before Friday 10 October.
Milk (UHT or powdered), Rice pudding (tinned), Cereals, Sugar (500 g),Tea bags/Instant coffee, Jam, Fruit juice (carton), Instant mash potato, Biscuits or snack bars, Soup, Rice/pasta, Pasta sauces,Tinned meat/fish, Sponge pudding (tinned), Tinned fruit, Tomatoes (tinned),Tinned vegetables
Noted below is information regarding East Lothian Foodbank.
Many thanks in advance for your support.
EAST LOTHIAN FOODBANK
People from all walks of life can reach a crisis point when they need emergency food for themselves and their families.
What is the Foodbank?
East Lothian Foodbank is a local, independent charity run mainly by volunteers. We work with many community organisations and churches and receive donations of food from our own “shopping list”. We are based at 3 Civic Square, Tranent, but we operate on a referral basis and are not open to the general public.
Who can get help?
Anyone who has real problems affording food for themselves and their families. There are many reasons why local people are experiencing food poverty and we understand that many factors can come together to cause a crisis, eg. problems with benefits, debt, unemployment, fuel costs. We provide a “stop gap” of nourishing food, a parcel which we prepare for collection or delivery once a person has been referred to us.
How can someone get help?
We can only help people who have been referred to us by a frontline professional. For instance, Citizens Advice, GP, Health Visitor, Teacher, Social Worker, Benefits advisor, charity or Church minister. These professional people will understand your circumstances and can quickly call us, email some vital information and arrange for a food parcel to be made up, sometimes that very day.
What is in the food parcel?
At least 3 days’ supply of nutritionally balanced food for every member of the household, including all the basics. The food is packed in normal plastic shopping bags.
Do I have to collect the food parcel?
We can arrange for you to collect your parcel from the old library at 3 Civic Square on Tues, Wed or Thursday mornings. However, East Lothian is a large county and we have some great volunteers who can deliver by car.
How many food parcels am I allowed?
Most people use the Foodbank just once or twice. However, if there is a genuine reason for a more prolonged need, then we may be able to continue our support. We will always stay in close contact with the referral agency and do our best to help, but the food we can supply will depend on our own stock levels.
Will people find out if I have used the Foodbank?
We ask to keep information about who is using the Foodbank, and why, so that we can better understand food poverty in East Lothian. However, we keep this information absolutely confidential. Whether you collect a food parcel or have one delivered, there is no Foodbank van, no Foodbank bags or boxes.
How can I help support the Foodbank?
We are so grateful for the tremendous support we have had from individuals and local groups. Donations of non-perishable foods and basic toiletries are always required to replenish our stocks. There are collection boxes at most churches and the major libraries, or donations can be handed in at 3 Civic Square on Tues, Wed or Thur mornings. If you would like to volunteer to help sort food or deliver parcels that would be wonderful too.
How do I find out more about East Lothian Foodbank?
We are linked to the Trussell Trust, a large charity which oversees a network of over 325 Foodbanks across the UK. Find us at www.eastlothian.foodbank.org.uk and also on Twitter and Facebook.
East Lothian Foodbank, 3 Civic Square, Tranent, East Lothian, EH33 1LH
Registered charity number SC043523. Registered in Scotland.