A new foodbank is to open in Aberdeen this week.
The committee at Northfield Community Centre has opted to open up the facility on Thursdays to help people in the area struggling to make ends meet.
A partnership with CFine and FareShare, the foodbank is also looking for donations of various goods from the public.
The community centre is gearing up to open the facility this Thursday, and Jacqui Innes, the chairwoman of the centre, said: “I was invited to a meeting of CFine, and I thought that it was something we could really use in Northfield. There are people out there that need foodbanks.
“One thing that I really want to stress to people is that it’s not just for those who are homeless, it’s for people on low income who have to make the choice of eating just a tin of beans or nothing, people who are having a rough week and have had to pay their bills so they can’t afford their shopping.
“So we’re looking to help people who are on a low income.
“I put it to the board and they said it was a good idea.”
Jacqui believes this is something that’s been missing in Northfield in recent years.
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She said: “We used to get 16 bags a week from CFine, and they would go really quickly. I thought that it would be a really good idea to do something like this to really be able to help my community.”
The base for the facility is a former office in the community centre which has been converted to house the stocks of food.
Members of the public will be able to come in and get a bag of goods made up for them by Jacqui or one of the other volunteers between 10am and 2pm every Thursday.
Each bag will be created exclusively for the customer, with the volunteers looking to understand each individual person’s situation.
A test day has already been held, which Jacqui said “went well”.
Donations can be left at the centre and punters are asked to call ahead of time to arrange a drop off.