Food banks in our area received some welcome aid recently in the shape of a surprise grant and some volunteering pupils.
Earlier this week Angus councillors awarded a £5,000 grant to the Angus Food Bank, while at Arbroath High School a group of pupils have taken part in the ARCH Project to collect items for a food bank.
At Angus Council’s development and enterprise committee meeting in Forfar on Tuesday members decided to ignore a recommendation from council officers to refuse an application by Angus Food Bank to the Angus Council Community Grant Scheme (ACCGS).
The group had applied for a one-off £5,000 grant to go towards employing a full-time manager to run and promote the Angus Food Bank.
According to council officers because funding was also being sourced from Kirriemuir Common Good Fund and the Robertson Trust it was ineligible for support from the ACCGS. Their report stated: “The ACCGS may contribute to funding a specific item or items of a larger project but would not be used to make a general contribution to a larger project seeking funding from the Common Good.
“As this application relates to a general contribution to a larger project, it has, on consideration been deemed ineligible and refusal is recommended.”
However, councillors decided in favour of the grant, headed by administration leader Iain Gaul and seconded by Councillor David May, with others following suit.
Meanwhile, at Arbroath High School pupils have been working with the ARCH Project to collect donations for their food bank.
A spokesperson for the project said: “Pupils are being asked to support the local community by donating one or two items per pupil. In one week we have collected over 200 items!”
Items requested include: tins of soup, beans, fruit, rice or custard; packets of noodles, pasta or rice; tins of sausages, hot dogs, ham or fish; cereals; and tea, coffee or powdered milk.
The campaign will run until the end of the month.