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Highland food project could be set to expand

By Val Sweeney

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David Sutherland
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A FOOD project for families in need may be expanded following growing demand for its services.

Food for Families, which operates in the Inverness, Nairn and Easter Ross areas, provided 2700 meals this winter.

Talks will now take place over whether to extend it through to January and February next year.

Since being launched eight years ago by Inverness businessman David Sutherland and his wife Anne, who provide the meat, it has distributed 20,894 meals.

The vegetables are provided by city restaurant owner Catriona Cameron and local farmers.

The project is managed by Gateway, who liaise with local social workers, schools and community centres to ensure meals are distributed to those families in most need.

It is managed by Gateway working in partnership with social workers, schools and bodies such as community centres, Inverness Prison, the University of the Highlands and Islands and the Calman Trust.

Alex Gilchrist, Gateway’s general manager, paid tribute to the volunteer cooking teams

“Social conditions have ensured that the demand is, unfortunately, increasing,” she said.

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