Foodbank demand met by Angus Council

Cllr Jeanette Gaul, Alf Collington, Isabel Smith and Irene Collington.

Cllr Jeanette Gaul, Alf Collington, Isabel Smith and Irene Collington.

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Five tonnes of food awaits distribution to local people in crisis at the Angus Foodbank after a new five year lease was granted by Angus Council.

The council’s communities committee approved the lease for £1 per year for the property at Gravesend, Arbroath.

Communities’ vice-convener, Cllr Jeanette Gaul said: “It is right that the council continues to support the work of Angus Foodbank which helps residents who are facing extreme financial difficulties and struggling to buy food.

“Hopefully these new premises will play a key part in the continuation of the charity and help the vital service they provide to people in great need.

Foodbank manager Alf Collington said: “We are expecting to be busy in Arbroath as we see a high number of referrals from the town. In the past week we reached our 4000th Angus user since opening in October 2012. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in restoring dignity and reviving hope in our clients lives. Together we can make a difference.”

Cllr Gaul finished: “If it wasn’t for the volunteers, people would not be getting fed. It is down to their good work.”