An Aberdeen charity working to end food poverty hopes a joint operation with different agencies will be a “building block”.
During the past two weeks, CFINE, along with Police Scotland, Aberdeen City Council and other bodies, has been working to tackle antisocial behaviour in the Northfield and Mastrick areas of the city.
As part of the operation, CFINE gave 30 emergency food parcels, along with 200 fruit and vegetable packs, to police officers to distribute to those in need.
Staff from the charity were also out in the communities, publicising the work they do to eradicate food poverty in the city.
Sean McVeigh, a development worker from the charity, said: “Our involvement started off simply with us providing some emergency food parcels and some fruit and veg to be given to residents.
“It was mainly to get people to come along and engage with them.
“We had some discussions here and decided to go along because it’s classed as a regeneration area, but it has a few pockets of real deprivation.
“We were looking to have a chat with some of the locals in the hopes of getting them to engage with some of the services that we have at CFINE.”
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Sean hopes should the initiative be run again, CFINE will be able to rejoin the team.
He said: “If it fits our remit, then we’ll certainly try and take part in it.
“We must bear in mind that this is the first time this has run, and there definitely could have been more people who came along to it.
“But even if there was one person who is involved in antisocial behaviour that was engaged with, that’s a successful operation.
“I think it’s more of a building block to move forward.
“It would be great if everyone in the community turned out, but this is the first time this has been done in the area.”