Dunfermline Foodbank gives thanks to Sun readers after cash boost from 50th birthday giveaway

DUNFERMLINE Foodbank is just one of the many charities across Britain that has been saying thanks a million to The Sun for grants from our special 50th birthday fund.

The health and wellbeing charity received a cash boost of £2,600 from our £1million giveaway last year.

The foodbank, which serves those in need throughout West Fife, has seen a constant growth in demand ever since it opened in 2012, but never more than at the height of the Coronavirus lockdown.

The charity last year issued 64 tonnes of food to more than 7,500 people, including more than 3,000 children.

Yet Project Manager Sandra Beveridge explained: “The number of people we help virtually doubled in April.

“A lot of it, I think, was because people were scared and fearing food shortages.”

A huge bonus was that local people and firms stepped up with donations to make sure there was food available for families in the Dunfermline, Rosyth, Inverkeithing, Benarty and Cowdenbeath areas.

Also, though the charity had to close its food issue points and many volunteers were themselves shielding because of their age or health issues, more volunteers came forward to make sure vulnerable families got a home delivery service.

The grant on behalf of The Sun’s readers has helped to keep the charity going, and Sandra said: “We are very grateful.”

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