A report going to the Highland Council Resources committee today states:
"Local figures show that, in the first 8 months (Jan-Aug) of 2015, 3,652 people, including 1,097 children have been provided with three day’s emergency food by Trussell Trust food banks in the Highlands. The number of people referred during the 12 month period in 2013 was 4,056 (inc 1,103 children) and in 2014 was 5,254 (inc 1,340 children); an increase of 30% in demand."
The report also states:
"The Scottish Welfare Fund, administered by the Council, also provides assistance to applicants for food when awarding Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants. Since the implementation of the fund on 1st April 2013, £335,860 has been award specifically for food:
• 01/04/2013 – 31/12/2013: £47,156
• 01/01/2014 – 31/12/2014: £174,202
• 01/01/2015 – 30/09/2015: £114,502"
The document for councillors is entitled: "Welfare Reform Update" it is a joint report by the Director of Finance and the Director of Community Services. You can download a copy by going to this Highland Council resources committee page and clicking on item 15.
On Saturday in Nairn there will be a food bank stall outside the Courthouse. Details in the image on the right.
If you can afford to donate a few items suitable for the foodbank please pop down the street at 10 am on Saturday morning.