FareShare will be able to help even more Scots facing food poverty

An additional £1.6 million of funding will help FareShare purchase more food for local authorities, community-run initiatives and frontline charities across Scotland.

FareShare will now be able to deliver even more food to people in dire need, thanks to a £1.6 million boost from the Scottish Government. (Pic Lisa Ferguson)
FareShare will now be able to deliver even more food to people in dire need, thanks to a £1.6 million boost from the Scottish Government. (Pic Lisa Ferguson)

The money comes from the Scottish Government’s £70 million Food Fund, to help people most at risk from food insecurity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

FareShare, a national network of charitable food distributors, has already distributed more than 1440 tonnes of food – the equivalent of almost 3.5 million meals – since March 23, supported by £500,000 of Scottish Government funding.

Gillian Kynoch, head of FareShare Scotland, said: “We are experiencing an enormous pull on our resources during these challenging times.

“While food companies continue to make surplus food available, the need in communities for support with additional food remains great.

“This additional £1.6 million will enable us to top up our food supplies through the coming months and keep on providing food to the frontline organisations caring for and supporting people hard pressed by the current crisis.”

The £70 million Food Fund supports people facing additional barriers in accessing food, with £30 million granted to the national shielding programme to provide food parcels to those at high clinical risk from COVID-19, £30 million to local authorities for others at risk or struggling financially and £10 million to third-sector partners delivering community-based responses, including FareShare.

Aileen Campbell, the Communities Secretary, said: “It is more important than ever that we tackle food insecurity by supporting the work of community food distribution groups across the country.

“Working in partnership with FareShare, this extra funding will help frontline charities and community food groups provide support to even more people in need.”

To find out more about the organisation, visit fareshare.org.uk.