Food Distribution Efforts Praised02/06/20
Dundee’s third sector organisations are being thanked for their pandemic food distribution efforts, which have organised around 18,000 deliveries of lifeline supplies in a month.
£50,000 will be spent on bulk food purchases for community food providers over the next five weeks, as the push to protect vulnerable people continues.
Council leader John Alexander is praising the Dundee food insecurity network’s response to help those hit hard by the coronavirus crisis in local communities.
He said; “The response from volunteers and organisations across Dundee is nothing short of stunning.
“Our network is doing some fantastic work with people really going above and beyond to make sure that those who are isolated in our communities do not go hungry.
“Combined with the council’s efforts to provide payments to replace free school meals, and the work that is ongoing through our Community Support Centres, this city is showing its caring heart and spirit of togetherness.
“The success of our delivery service for period products also highlights the efforts to make sure that nobody is left behind during the pandemic.”
Lord Provost Ian Borthwick said: "I am proud of the efforts that people across Dundee are making to assist those who have been hardest hit by the health emergency.
"There is a real spirit of kindness that is being shown across our communities and it is making a real difference."
Twenty-four third sector emergency food providers are operating in the food insecurity network across Dundee.
Funding for emergency food provision is coming from a variety of sources including the Scottish Government food fund that is being managed by the council.
Efforts on the ground are being co-ordinated by Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action and Faith in Community Dundee.
Meanwhile, food banks are delivering food to more people in communities.
Councillor Alexander added: “There are many challenges ahead, but I am optimistic that our strength and resilience will ensure that we can continue to provide assistance to those who need it.
“I would also like to thank Alexander Community Developments and Michelin who have provided distribution points to enable food distribution to operate.
“This effort is showing us the best of Dundee.”
Eric Knox, CEO Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action, said: “The Third Sector Organisation that are currently delivering large quantities of food to vulnerable individuals and families are doing an outstanding job for their city.
“The majority are people who have given up their time voluntarily and as this is Volunteers week its only right that we thank them for their tremendous effort. They are keeping people fed.
“This has not been easy but it has been made possible by funding support from Northwood Trust, Community Innovation fund and Dundee City Council and from their own funds and this has been really welcome”
Jacky Close, director of Faith in Community Dundee, said: “During one of the most difficult challenges of our generation we’ve seen people come together and work in partnership, not for themselves but for their neighbours, their friends, their community. We really want to thank everyone involved; they go the extra mile every day.”
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