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MSPs lend a helping hand to food bank

By Jamie Hall

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Dingwall food bank
Dingwall food bank

A PLEA for more donations at a Ross-shire foodbank has received a boost – after two local MSPs announced plans for their constituency office to be used as a drop-off point.

Maree Todd and Kate Forbes’ office will now accept donations on behalf of Blythswood Care’s Dingwall foodbank – after they were moved to do something to help the appeal.

Their help comes amid reports that the number of children being referred to the Dingwall foodbank is up by 50 per cent on this time a year ago. Foodbank use in general has also risen sharply across the Highlands.

The SNP MSPs have blamed the rise on the UK government’s universal credit system, which has drawn deep criticism from charities and politicians from across the political spectrum – who accuse it of driving people into poverty.

"I am of course glad that myself and Kate Forbes MSP can do something to help by providing a foodbank drop-off point at our office, but I am heart sore it’s even necessary," said Maree Todd.

"When we saw the recent plea for foodbank donations, we thought this was something we could do to help," Ms Forbes added.

Blythswood Care’s Finlay Mackenzie was grateful for the support. He said: "This summer there has been an even greater need with many families needing extra support who would usually receive free school meals."

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