Council negotiate ‘community benefit’ deal for Moray Foodbank

Contract deal with Moray Council will see a community benefit for Moray Foodbank.
Contract deal with Moray Council will see a community benefit for Moray Foodbank.

A MORAY COUNCIL partnership with a major food distribution company has been aimed at ensuring local families do not need to go hungry.

The Moray Foodbank is receiving regular donations from Brakes Scotland as part of an agreement with the local authority – the company being a main food supplier to the council having been awarded a new grocery contract earlier this year.

Part of that contract is a ‘community benefits’ element with Moray Council nominating the Moray Foodbank charity as the beneficiary. Brakes will donate goods to the Foodbank every three months for the duration of the contract.

The company’s channel head of public sector, Chris Boyle, said: “We are delighted to be donating to the Moray Foodbank in Elgin to help those most in need.

“Recently we have donated to foodbanks in Fife and Coatbridge and the crowds of people approaching the foodbanks brought it home to us the sheer numbers of people who are going through the real pain and struggle every day to support their families.

“As a business, we are committed to donating to local foodbanks and hope that our regular contributions can make a real difference.”

Moray Council operational support officer Susan May added: “It is great that Brakes will be assisting those on low incomes to stretch it that little bit further.

“As part of the procurement process for the new grocery contract, carried out by Scotland Excel on behalf of councils, there was a community benefits clause and I wanted to use this in a way that would reach out to those most in need in Moray.

“Now we can be sure that by working with Brakes and the Moray foodbank we will be assisting families who are experiencing difficult times.”

Speaking for the Moray Foodbank, Kathy Ross said: “This recognition from both Moray Council and Brakes of the work we do and the numbers of people we are able to reach, while relying mainly on public donations and a volunteer workforce, is very much appreciated.”

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