In the run up to Christmas at times we were swamped by the rate of incoming donations which was very humbling and made us all proud of the people of Falkirk District and to be involved with the Falkirk Foodbank.
Our Christmas collection came at a vital time at the start of December, the busiest month for Trussell Trust Foodbanks UK wide.
Due to the generosity of the general public during 2016 we were able to help 6137 people of which 1892 were children. Unbelievably we were able to provide 110,466 meals during the last twelve months. While we have not seen an increase in the number of people fed year on year we have seen a 7.8% increase in the number of children affected by food poverty, highlighting the fact that more and more families than ever are needing help.There is a huge number of members of the General Public, Superstores, Business, Office Workers, Schools, Football clubs, Youth and Leisure Groups and the various churches who donate to the Foodbank. We would like to thank everyone for all their hard work, not only in the run up to Christmas but throughout the year, ensuring we can meet the demands placed upon us. The number to be thanked is too numerous to list.
Words alone cannot express our deepest thanks and prayers to all who made a special effort during the Christmas period in collecting for the Foodbank. From the individuals who carried out reverse advent calendars, individual donations and Business and Groups who carried out collections from employees and their members.
We must not forget the generous support we get from Superstores who not only allow us to carry out three day food collections who not only allow us to carry out three day food collections , also give a 20% monetary top-up. Not forgetting those who hold collection boxes throughout the year.
The Trustees and Volunteers have been overwhelmed by the generosity of not only Falkirk Bairns but by all the supporters of the Falkirk Foodbank.
Jim Couper (Manager)