HELP is at hand at the West Lothian Foodbank and a new distribution centre has now opened in Linlithgow.
The royal burgh is the first of several areas across West Lothian to have a foodbank run by the Trussell Trust, and people can pop in to Cross House, next to the Burgh Halls, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3-5pm to exchange vouchers for a three day supply of food.
Marshall Green said: “Twenty-seven thousandpeople in West Lothian are living below the poverty line. If there is a delay in benefit payment, benefit changes, domestic violence, sickness, unemployment, or any family crisis, then difficult decisions are having to be made - heat the house or buy food?
“Since November in West Lothian, we have given out 2820kg of food to 180 individuals and families feeding a total of 356 men, women and children for three days.”
West Lothian Foodbank aims to help people through short term crisis by providing emergency food parcels.
Food is donated by locals and available only on presentation of a voucher, which is given out by statutory bodies, such as home visitors, housing departments, social work department, womens’ refuge and unemployment agencies.
For more information go to http://westlothian. foodbank.org.uk/