Janette Howard, one of our legal secretaries, is involved with the Edinburgh NW Foodbank. During December 2013, due to the tremendous support of work colleagues, Turcan Connell donated 55kgs of food. As a result of the support that has been received by individuals and organisations, the Foodbank was able to provide 29,700 meals to 3,300 people in the last financial year alone. Sadly the number of people finding themselves in this position through no fault of their own is on the increase.
The staff of Turcan Connell continue to generously support the Edinburgh SW Foodbank with approximately 129 kilos of food being collected at Christmas 2014 and 122 kilos at Easter 2015. Unfortunately, food poverty continues to be a problem for people in the Edinburgh area and the fantastic support of the staff at Turcan Connell together with other donations make a big difference. Edinburgh SW Foodbank provides emotional support to people in need as well as providing the practical help of food. In addition, they are pleased to announce that a free Debt Advisory Service will begin in August by fully trained staff of The Salvation Army at Gorgie Corp, Edinburgh.
So how does it work? Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers etc. are amongst the people who identify the individuals in crisis and issue them with a food bank voucher which they can redeem at one of our distribution centres. The voucher is exchanged for a food pack which contains three days' supply of emergency food. The distribution centres are run purely by volunteers who meet clients over a cup of tea and are able to signpost them to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem. Edinburgh NW Foodbank also run a delivery service, which takes emergency foodboxes to clients who, through family circumstances, are unable to get to the distribution centres. All of this can only be accomplished with the continued support of volunteers and donations of both food and money. Through the continued support of individuals and organisations like Turcan Connell, everyone can really make a difference to the lives of thousands of people in need.