We work with over 150 partner agencies (statutory & voluntary) such as health visitors, social workers, CAB and CAP. All of whom are best placed to identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.
Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it is exchanged for a three day emergency food package, complete with suggested nutritious recipes to help them make best use of the food. At a foodbank centre, clients can meet with our volunteers, relax and enjoy a cup of tea. Where it is difficult for the client to reach one of our foodbank centres we can often arrange delivery of food to a client’s home. In more rural areas it is often easiest for our frontline care professionals like health visitors to keep a stock of our Emergency Food Boxes.
The intention of foodbank is that we not only hand out food aid but get alongside the person in crisis, offering our support and listening ear. Some wish to share their worries with us, others may just want to chat casually about the weather. For some, it is the first time they have felt listened to. Our hope is that we can signpost our clients to other organisations who may be able to help them further and ultimately find a long-term solution.
Over the past ten years, Highland Foodbank has been serving the Highland region, distributing food through our foodbank centre in Inverness or by supplying our partners with Emergency Food Boxes. Due to the growing need of people across the Highlands we have been working to develop new foodbank centres in Highland towns. These are based in Alness, Aviemore, Culloden, Dingwall, Kyle of Lochalsh, Nairn, Tain, Thurso and Wick.
Since 2005 over 55,000 people have been fed through our foodbanks.
In order to develop these new foodbanks we linked with local churches. Our hope is that this is not only a more local response to the issue of food poverty but also that we can serve those in crisis more effectively and efficiently.
Our vision is to be able to offer a service of emergency food provision and support so that no-one in the Highlands has to go hungry.
There are many ways you, your church or local community can get involved with Highland Foodbank whether it’s volunteering your time, supporting us financially or donating non-perishable food items.
If you would like to know more about how you can support us or what Highland Foodbank is doing in your local area please contact us or visit the Highland Foodbank website.
Read testimonies from some folk who have been helped by the Foodbank here.
Want to help ?
If you would like to help the Highland Foodbank by donating money or food, by organising a collection of food in your church or school, or as a care professional by referring your clients to the Foodbank Centre, then please contact us.
Every day people in the Highlands are struggling to put food on the table. Reasons range from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Highland Foodbank, part of the work of Blythswood Care, provides a minimum of three days emergency food and support to local people in crisis. In 2018 Highland Foodbank fed over 7000 people from across the Highlands, distributing 50 tonnes of food.
How does Highland Foodbank work?
Highland Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network. We are passionate about engaging and empowering the local community to support foodbank projects, providing emergency food to thousands of people nationwide every year.
The continuation of the work of Highland Foodbank is totally dependent upon the generosity of the public whether donating non- perishable food items or financially. We could not reach so many local people in crisis without the on-going support and encouragement from churches, individuals and local community groups.
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Tel: 01463 717630 / 07875 332696