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The soul of the foodbank

We are delighted with our new volunteer who has recently joined our team here; it is going from strength to strength.  Our team members are from all walks of life with a vast amount of different skills and experience.  Without our volunteers the foodbank would simply not be able to run.  They are amazing and […]

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Foodbank clients will be kept warm this winter for free

A huge thank you to The Wood Fuel Co-Operative of Heathhall Dumfries which is kindly donating 100 bags of hardwood cobs every month to us.  These hardwood cobs will be given free of charge to any foodbank client who is also struggling to heat their home.  The rest of them are being sold to the […]

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Cooking on a budget

With the help from the Feeding the Families funding from the Trussell Trust of £500, we were able to organise our very successful cooking on a budget sessions.  These took place at the Summerhill Centre in Dumfries with families who were identified by manager Anne-Marie who would benefit the most from this and were most […]

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July 2016 3 Day Neighbour Collection

June 30th, July 1st and 2nd seen the third National Neighbourhood Collection for us. This collection was the biggest to date. We are overwhelmed at just how much food and hygiene products were donated by the public. In total the amount raised was 2864.94kg. Tesco also top up customer donations by making a 20% financial […]

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Staff

We would like to welcome Crystal Soltys to the Dumfriesshire Foodbank. Thanks to the generosity of Holywood Trust we are now able to employ a part-time Personal Development Mentor to oversee the running of the Dumfriesshire Foodbank. As part of Crystals role, she will be ensuring service users are receiving the appropriate support and guidance […]

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Foodbank Conference Scotland

This month staff at the Dumfriesshire Foodbank attended the annual Scottish Foodbank Conference. The Conference gives individuals working in foodbanks the opportunity to discuss current issues they are experiencing and to share best practice and ideas to develop foodbank services. This year’s Conference was well attended by delegates and speaker, with talks from Hanna MuCulloch […]

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6 Unexpected Things Foodbanks Need

A visit to the food bank isn’t exactly a traditional Christmas activity, but one UK charity is asking for a little extra help this month, when demand is at its highest and families are choosing between eating and heating.

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Why Would a Mum Doing a Business Degree Find Herself Begging on the Streets This Winter?

With Christmas approaching, Michele from Brent Foodbank shares how she’s helping to make the festive season special for those struggling. “For the past few days I haven’t been to the street begging for money to buy food for me and my baby…” This was what a mother at Brent Foodbank told us recently. She was […]

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Emergency Budget gets the food poverty test

David McAuley, Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust said: “We have two simple tests for the budget being delivered today.  Firstly, what does it do to reduce the number of people in poverty and hunger?  Secondly, what does it do to ensure the Government is supporting the work of charities and social enterprise in taking […]

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Tesco: Children in Need cash crusaders

Generous staff and customers across the region helped raise money for Children in Need. Staff at Tesco Extra Cuckoo Bridge dressed up as superheroes, held a bonus ball competition, baked Pudsey cakes and collected donations. Tesco kindly agreed to donate £200 raised during Children in Need to the Dumfriesshire foodbank which was used to buy […]

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