Our local foodbanks do incredibly worthy work.
But it is nothing short of a national disgrace that they need to exist in the first place.
By most standards, the UK is a wealthy country.
It says a huge amount about the priorities of government – and the wider distribution of wealth – that so many people are regularly having to rely on foodbank handouts.
Kirkcaldy Foodbank is just one of many across Scotland providing support to families facing food poverty – a glib phrase which hides the reality of adults and children who cannot rely on having at least one square meal to eat each day.
This is a horrendous situation. People shouldn't have to rely on the kindness of other struggling locals to get the basics.
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— Claire Warrender (@C_CWarrender) April 28, 2022
Its people and financial resources are being stretched to the limit.
And there is worse to come on the horizon – for Kirkcaldy and other local foodbanks – as financial pressures continue to grow.
It is a depressing picture, locally and nationally, and it is one that needs to be taken
seriously and addressed at scale.
Otherwise, what is already a national scandal will only get worse