An MP has paid tribute to a community-run foodbank which is helping an ever-increasing number of people.
Martyn Day, the Linlithgow and East Falkirk MP, visited the Bo’ness Storehouse Foodbank last Friday to find out about the work going on.
The Storehouse has been serving people in need since 2012 thanks to donations from residents, and help from churches, the Salvation Army, Tesco and Caledonian Produce.
Volunteers deliver food packages and emergency supplies to those who have been referred or those who are struggling.
Mr Day said: “There is such a feeling of a community coming together to help those who have fallen on unfortunate times, and that is not only commendable, but admirable also. It’s great to see people taking the time out to help, and with the local Tesco store providing assistance by way of collection areas for people able to donate, it shows community spirit is alive and well in Bo’ness.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to come along and see how things run in Bo’ness, and I amazed by the time and effort put in, by everyone involved, to support those in the community who are in need of help.”
Mike Munro, chairman of the Storehouse said: “We were very encouraged by our MP taking the time to come and visit us, and see how we operate, particularly as we work independently from any national foodbank organisations. We are a number of locally retired people who got together to do something for people in need in our local community, and really appreciate Mr Day’s interest.
“Also his offer to help in any ways that lead to people on benefit being sanctioned due to circumstances often outside their control. To have a listening ear, with authority, is a huge encouragement.”