• IFAN and A Menu for Change



    Until recently, independent food parcel distribution data hadn't been collated regionally nor in Scotland, Wales, England or Northern Ireland. After meetings with representatives of independent food banks and food parcel distributors in Glasgow and Edinburgh at the end of November 2018, a new sector-wide system for Scotland is now and up and running.


    By the end of March 2019, we'd established that 221,977 food parcels were given out by 84 independent food banks operating across Scotland between April 2017 and September 2018. On top of the 258, 606 emergency food parcels distributed by Trussell Trust venues this puts the combined total for this time period at 480, 583. You can read our research briefing here and news coverage on the release of this data as well as mentions by parliamentarians here.


    With figures still coming in, we now also know that between April 2018 and March 2019, at least 159,849 emergency food parcels were given out by 84 independent food banks in Scotland beyond the Trussell Trust network's distribution of 210,605 emergency food parcels.


    If you'd like to find out more or if you'd like to be involved and represent an independent food bank or food parcel distributor who hasn't been contacted yet, please email Sabine Goodwin at ifanconnect@gmail.com.


    By November 2019, 93 of 98 independent food banks and food parcel distributors currently identified as operating in Scotland in 20 local authorities are taking part in this groundbreaking project. We plan to release further data for April 2018 through September 2019 soon.


    Here is a list, as well as a map, of organisations currently involved with the project:

    Moray Food Plus, Moray

    Kintyre Food Bank, Argyll and Bute

    Bute Oasis Food Bank, Argyll and Bute

    Helensburgh and Lomond Food Bank (2 venues), Argyll and Bute

    Hope Kitchen, Argyll and Bute

    Largs Food Bank, North Ayrshire

    Start-Up Stirling (2 venues), Stirling

    Whiteinch Food Bank, Glasgow City

    Storehouse Food Bank, Glasgow City

    Queen's Park Govanhill Food Bank, Glasgow City

    Govan Community Project (2 venues), Glasgow City

    Lodging House Mission, Glasgow City

    Central and West Integration Network, Glasgow City

    Crookson Community Group, Glasgow City

    Drumchapel Foodbank, Glasgow City

    Destiny Angels Food Bank (2 venues), Glasgow City

    East Kilbride Community Food Bank (6 venues), South Lanarkshire

    Clydesdale Food Bank, South Lanarkshire

    Loaves and Fishes, South Lanarkshire

    Coatbridge Community Food Bank, North Lanarkshire

    Bethlehem House of Bread Food Bank (3 venues), North Lanarkshire

    Basics Food Banks (3 venues), North Lanarkshire

    Belshill Community Food Bank, North Lanarkshire

    Machars Churches Basics Food Bank, Dumfries and Galloway

    The First Base Agency, Dumfries and Galloway

    Helping Hands Food Bank The Hub Youth Centre, Dumfries and Galloway

    Kate's Kitchen, Dumfries and Galloway

    Kersiebank Community Food Bank, Falkirk

    Bo’ness Storehouse, Falkirk

    Braes Store Food Bank, Falkirk

    Falkirk Vineyard Storehouse, Falkirk

    Galashiels Area Food Bank, Scottish Borders

    Eyemouth Food Bank, Scottish Borders

    Kelso Food Bank, Scottish Borders

    Berwickshire Churches Food Bank, Scottish Borders

    Selkirk Food Bank, Scottish Borders

    Jedburgh Churches Food Bank, Scottish Borders

    Dunbar Basics Bank, East Lothian

    Edinburgh City Mission Basics Banks (8 venues), Edinburgh City & East Lothian

    Broomhouse Foodbank, Edinburgh City

    Trinity City Foodbank, Edinburgh City

    Kirkcaldy Food Bank (5 venues), Fife

    EATS Rosyth, Fife

    East Neuk Foodbank, Fife

    Tay Bridgehead Food Bank, Fife (2 venues)

    Storehouse NE Fife, Fife

    The Gate Charity, Clackmannanshire

    Sauchie Food Bank, Clackmannanshire

    Broke not Broken, Perth and Kincross

    Somebody Cares, Aberdeen City

    CFINE, Aberdeen City

    Instant Neighbour, Aberdeen City

    Tillydrone Community Flat, Aberdeen City

    Integrate Scotland (7 venues), Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire

    West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare (3 venues), West Dunbartonshire

    Brechin Community Pantry, Angus

    Skye and Lochalsh Community Foodbank, Highland

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