Here is an introduction to our project.
In the autumn of 2011 Strathmore Christian Fellowship invited Ewan Gurr from Trussell Trust to talk about the work of foodbanks and the plight of so many people who are unable to feed them selves. Having discovered how bad the situation was they decided that they needed to act on Jesus words in Matthew 25:35-36 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
We decided that the Trussell Trust provided us with the expertise and support to set-up and run a foodbank and so Angus foodbank was launched on 3rd October 2012. Although our vision was to ultimately provide a service to the whole of Angus, we were originally based in Bridges Cafe, Kirriemuir making deliveries to Forfar. However as our services became known to many of the local authority agencies the demand soon began to increase further afield. Brechin Baptist Fellowship soon after partnered with us and began to collect and distribute food to people in need in the Brechin area and 2 years later Melville South Church, Montrose partnered with us. In the autumn of 2015 we opened our distribution centre in Gravesend, Arbroath. We have a number of volunteers in the Carnoustie area that also hold emergency food boxes for distribution so we can honestly say that we are able to provide emergency food for anyone, anywhere in Angus.
Initially we concentrated on providing food aid but as people have learned of the work we do we have been able to add in other life essentials into our emergency food parcels. Things like toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, feminine products and other such essential items.
We realise though, that there are still many people in crisis whom we do not reach and it is still our aim to reach every hungry needy person living throughout the 890 sq. miles of Angus and we must ensure that our service is accessible to everyone – as no one should have to go hungry in our society.
We have been constantly amazed by the generosity of people who regularly donate food and essentials to the foodbank and cannot thank them enough. The majority of the food we distribute is donated by local people and only in-date food is used in our food parcels.
Angus foodbank now employs Norman Brown as Foodbank Manager. However we could not operate without the selfless work of our large team of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer with the foodbank please look at our volunteering page for more information.