ISLANDS MSP LENDS A HAND AS PART OF VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK 2018
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan visited Eilean Siar foodbank on Monday to lend a hand as part of Volunteers’ Week 2018.
The islands MSP saw first-hand the work that goes in to processing food donations and preparing them for collection.
Foodbank usage in the Western Isles has increased year-on-year since Eilean Siar foodbank was opened in 2013. In the last year there were 470 three-day emergency food supplies given to people facing crisis.
Commenting, Alasdair Allan MSP said:
“The foodbank volunteers in Stornoway do hugely valuable work helping those most in need.
“While I regard it as a scandal that in 2018 people are struggling to the extent foodbanks are necessary, we should cherish the fact that our community has such dedicated and selfless people willing to give up their time to act as a safety net and last-resort for those living in poverty.