We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
A group of Christians from various churches across Orkney determined there was a requirement to establish an Orkney-wide Foodbank during 2013. This need was further endorsed by those contacted in both the statutory and voluntary sectors from their first hand experiences of those who had presented to them in dire need over the years. Our Foodbank officially opened in November 2013.
Latest figures indicate 2000 people live below the poverty line in Orkney which is a stark reality. In addition we have one of the highest levels of fuel poverty, which is further hardship to the needy in our community where some have to chose whether they ‘heat’ or ‘eat’.
In addition to foodstuffs we are able to provide advice, support, clothing and, through generous donations, we can also provide £10 hydro tokens to those in need.
Such is the level of support across Orkney we have now increased the number of referral agencies to 33 – which is a mix of statutory and third sector bodies.