The school’s Community Cafe first piloted the project in May 2014 which allowed KFC restaurants to provide chicken to those in need and this week saw the foodbank become a partner. The scheme sees excess food which, would have been thrown out by the fast food retailer, being donated to the foodbank.
This then makes up part of the food parcels that go out to residents.
The first collection at KFC Dunfermline Fife Retail Park was made last week by the school’s principal teacher of Pastoral Ross Latimer and Storehouse chairman Mike Munro.
Ross said: “We were absolutely delighted with the amount of stock provided and some of this has already been given to local residents.
“The partnership with KFC and the close working relationship with Storehouse forms part of the work Bo’ness Academy are undertaking as part of their review of nurture within the school and the role of the Academy in the local community.”
Every Monday and Thursday morning the foodbank will be able to collect chicken and other products. Mike said: “This has made a significant addition to what we can provide each week along with the non-perishable foodpacks we supply.
“To date and an estimate for remaining weeks of the year, the foodbank has helped over 100 different households in Bo’ness and delivered 900 foodpacks.
“We also expect to provide 40 or 50 Christmas hampers on December 23 to people who could otherwise not afford to have a Christmas dinner themselves.”
A KFC spokesperson said: “We hate food waste and do everything we can to minimize it through initiatives such as our Food Donation Scheme, where we donate unsold chicken to local charities.
“The scheme is continuing to expand in our restaurants across the UK and we are proud of the latest partnership with the Storehouse Foodbank in Bo’ness.”