A powerful article by Lee-Anne Gillie, our Director of UK Operations, appeared in the Scotsman newspaper last week.
The article covered the growing problem of food poverty among families across a wide range of income thresholds. Recent figures from the Trussell Trust show that 133,726 referrals to foodbanks were made in 2015/16 – including 43,962 for children.
Lee-Anne spoke about the Brakes’ Meals & More initiative aimed at addressing hunger and poor diet amongst Scotland’s children, Arpal Group’s involvement in the programme and the way we are working with local councillors, MPs and charity leaders to look at how similar projects can be rolled out across more rural areas such as the Borders region where we are based.
“We are keen to make sure these children are also given the attention and support they need. There may be a perception that the Borders is a region of wealth compared to inner city locations. However, it too has areas with significantly lower incomes.
These communities also have additional issues of isolation and fuel poverty. Across the Borders there are many children who live on farms, and aside from when they are in school there are no nearby shops or charitable organisations for them to access for free supplies.
This is one area which we, along with Meals & More and the help of those in positions of influence, want to shed a bit more light on. No children should be forgotten or left behind due to their postcode.”
You can access the full article here – Lee-Anne Gillie: Increasing Food Poverty is Worrying Issue for Families.