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£1.6m to help tackle food insecurity

Thursday June 4th, 2020

Further support for food distribution network FareShare.Scottish Flag

People most at risk from food insecurity due to the COVID-19 outbreak are to receive further support from the Scottish Government’s £70 million Food Fund.

FareShare, a national network of charitable food distributors, has distributed over 1,440 tonnes of food – the equivalent of almost 3.5 million meals – since 23 March, supported by £500,000 of Scottish Government funding.

Now, an additional £1.6 million of funding will help FareShare purchase more food for local authorities, community-run initiatives and frontline charities across Scotland.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said:

“At this difficult time, it is more important than ever that we tackle food insecurity by supporting the work of community food distribution groups across the country who are best placed to ensure vital supplies reach those who need it most.

“By working in partnership with FareShare and their partners in communities across Scotland, this extra funding will help frontline charities and community food groups provide support to even more people in need. 

“I would encourage anyone who is struggling to afford or access food during these challenging times to contact our national helpline on 0800 111 4000.”

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