Can you help? Urgent appeal for donations as Aberdeen food bank supplies run low

Dave Simmers, chief executive of CFINE.

An urgent appeal has been launched for lifeline items at an Aberdeen food bank.

Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) issued the appeal after seeing food levels were dangerously low.

The Evening Express has teamed up with Original 106 to help the foodbank attract donations of non-perishable items such as tins, pasta, tea and coffee.

Dave Simmers, CEO at CFINE, said there was a possibility they could have to turn clients away if new food donations weren’t received.

He said: “Over the last couple of months our stock on items like pastas, tins, teas and coffees that we would put in to our emergency food parcels has been getting low.

“One of our development workers came to me a few weeks ago and said we were running really low and said we could be in a position where we would be unable to serve those in our own food banks.

“At the moment we are giving out between 40-60 emergency food parcels a day. We also supply food to our other partners across the North-east.

“As always in the region we have already had a great response from people who know about our food appeal already.” Last year the charity distributed 10,000 emergency food parcels through its food bank.

Original 106 is now taking in non-perishable food items at its studios on Craigshaw Road to help the charity.

Martin Ingram, programme controller at Original 106, said: “CFINE approached Original 106 as we have helped them out with food donations over the past couple of years at Christmas.

“It just goes to show that difficult times and problems making ends meet are not confined to the festive season – here we are in mid-summer and the food bank shelves are nearly empty.

“When CFINE asked if we could rally the support of our loyal local listeners I said that we’d be glad to help.

“We’re taking donations at our studios, during office hours until 5.30pm on Monday, June 26.”