Council Leader Praises Argyll and Bute Community Spirit

Published Date: 

21 May 2020 - 11:44

The Leader of Argyll and Bute Council joined the Community Food Project this week at Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh, as they prepared and distributed weekly food parcels across the area.

The Leader saw first-hand, the sheer scale of the operation and paid tribute to all those who have come together to help people during the pandemic.

Councillor Aileen Morton said:

“Dealing with COVID-19 is having a huge impact on our communities. It’s through strangers, neighbours, family, friends and businesses coming together that we can all look after each other. And the Community Food Project is a great example of everyone working together.

Every week food parcels are being delivered to every part of Argyll and Bute. This simply could not have been achieved without the support of, our local businesses who have supplied food, equipment, vans and drivers and all the volunteers who give up their time to help.

All across Argyll and Bute, we are seeing amazing acts of kindness from existing community groups working so hard to reach out to people and the many volunteers who have signed up to the Caring for People initiative. Looking ahead, this willingness to work together will be key in helping the area move on from the effects of the pandemic.

Meeting just some of the people today who are working so hard, I feel really proud of what has been achieved so far.”

  • The Community Food Project is a council initiative working in partnership with local businesses, other agencies and community groups. The project delivers weekly fresh and ambient food items for anyone needing help to access food.
  • The project started in mid-April and has since delivered over 15,000 parcels to people who need help accessing food.
  • Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh is one of six food distribution centres across Argyll and Bute

If you need help to access food and do not have any existing support in place, contact the Caring for People Helpline on 01546 605524, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.