The opening of Aberdeenshire North Foodbank Fraserburgh Distribution Centre will formally place on Monday 14th September 2020.
Since 2014, Aberdeenshire North Foodbank has provided 2035 emergency food parcels in the Fraserburgh and district area, through referral partners holding emergency food boxes to be issued, and latterly in conjunction with AOG Church. These figures indicated to Aberdeenshire North Foodbank that the community would benefit from a Foodbank Centre being opened as it can provide more of a range of food to those who have been referred such as toiletries and cleaning products, and also the plan to provide fresh fruit and vegetables as part of their parcels.
The Foodbank centre was developed in Fraserburgh through consultations with local groups and organisations, and funding was secured for three years from the Fairer Aberdeenshire Fund to run the project.
Space has been secured from Fraserburgh Development Trust and the Foodbank Centre has its own space at the rear of the Trust building from which it will run its operations. Fraserburgh Men’s Shed has been helping to set the premises up.
The Centre will be open:
- Monday 12-2pm
- Wednesday 12-2pm
- Friday 12-2pm
We are looking to recruit more volunteers for our foodbank centre. If anyone has a spare few hours a week and feel they can help, they should contact us through our Facebook page or on [email protected]
The Foodbank maintains a network of referral partners who help to identify individuals and families who require support to relieve their short-term food shortages. The referral partners provide the individual or family in need with a food voucher which can be exchanged for a food parcel, providing them with three days’ supply of food. We are running a hybrid collection/ delivery service, for deliveries to those who live out with the town in rural areas, and for those who live in the town to collect the parcel or arrange for it to be collected.
We would encourage anyone who is finding it difficult to buy food for themselves or their family to consider asking for support rather than going hungry or getting in debt. We would always argue for a ‘cash first’ approach and would encourage people to see if they are eligible for support from the Scottish Welfare Fund, but if not, then to seek a referral to us – they can contact Citizen’s Advice, a support worker you may have or a health professional and they can discuss a referral to us.