West Lothian Council has been working with organisations which operate the food banks and others in the voluntary sector who are working to tackle food poverty.
The council executive heard about the partnership work which has been undertaken and the potential to share resources and to develop shared projects or initiatives.
This included the use of transport, premises, training and opportunities for volunteering and £15,000 to West Lothian food banks to support the employment of paid staff to manage and support volunteers in response to the huge increase in customer numbers,
CFINE West Lothian was awarded £10,000 to purchase a second vehicle with which to transport produce and which will also be available to food banks when it is not being used.
This will relieve the food bank commitment to a leased van which will aid their sustainability,
Food Train West Lothian received £3000 to provide administrative support to the local manager enabling her to attend events and meetings with partners and plan strategic work. £1000 went to the Salvation Army for general expenses in relation to food poverty work.
Executive councillor for voluntary organisations Jim Dixon commented: “Food poverty is a real and growing issue.
‘‘West Lothian Council is committed to working in partnership with organisations and community groups who are supporting local people through difficult times.
‘‘It is expected that the funding will support local organisations in relation to staffing, premises and transport and will encourage further collaboration between them.”