The grouping of local Church of Scotland congregations invited Ms O’Donnell to provide further information after a well-attended public meeting in Haddington Town House highlighted public support for the project which would help families across East Lothian facing food poverty.
Speaking after the Presbytery meeting, which took place at St Andrew’s High Church in Musselburgh, Ms O’Donnell said:
“I am pleased that Lothian Presbytery has chosen to support the creation of a food bank in East Lothian.
With food prices rising 4.6% in the last year and other pressures on household budgets, some local people are struggling to feed themselves and their families. I firmly believe that establishing a food bank could help alleviate food poverty locally.”
Earlier this year the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly instructed all presbyteries to investigate food insecurity with a possible view to setting up food banks.
It is hoped that a community-wide charity serving East Lothian will be established over the summer.”
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