Foodbank plea for food and donations as winter bites

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Residents are being urged to donate generously to foodbanks this festive season as winter begins to takes its toll.

With gas and heating bills soaring as temperatures plummet, the most vulnerable people in society are starting to feel the squeeze on their finances.

Redundancy, delay in benefits or unexpected bills can be reasons behind someone needing to use a foodbank.

A distribution centre at Cross House next to the Burgh Halls was set up in 2013 that clients can use on Tuesdays between 3pm-5pm and Fridays 2pm-4pm.

It’s one of ten distribution centres in West Lothian but the deputy manager of West Lothian Foodbank Marshall Green has warned that these vital resources need continued funding to secure its long-term future.

He said: “It’s important that people continue to give generously not just at this time of year but throughout the year too.

“At this time of the year energy bills can rise and can make things difficult for people struggling.

“People are generous with food but a real issue is that it’s harder to raise funds.

“The West Lothian Foodbank has overhead costs like any other charity and was only a matter of weeks away from closing down a couple of months ago. “Finances have got better since then but we’re living on a month-to-month basis.

“They can donate through our website, westlothian.foodbank.org.uk or on the foodbank app.”