DUNFERMLINE Foodbank has issued an urgent appeal for help to find them a new warehouse.

The organisation has to leave its current premises by August 29 and is hoping that Press readers can help find them somewhere new.

Jonathan Astill, project manager of Dunfermline Foodbank, said they were desperate to locate a suitable base.

“It has to be between 5,000 and 8,000 square feet – ideally nearer to 8,000,” he explained. “If there is a deal to be done, we would be delighted. If anyone has any empty warehousing where they still have to pay the rates, it could work for both of us.

“Ideally we would like something as central as possible as we want to be able to get to the areas we serve.

“If we do not find suitable warehousing, this will have significant impact on the service we provide to the people of West Fife, at a time where the need for our services is on the increase.”

Dunfermline Foodbank has been in operation since 2012 and in that time has given out more than 223,000kg of food with a staggering approximate value of £400,000.

However, the need for the foodbank has grown massively and last year’s figures saw the foodbank give out 2,428 food parcels, feeding 5,130 people across West Fife.

The organisation works with more than 150 referral support agencies who issue foodbank vouchers which ensures that the people who come through their doors are getting the support they need, so that they don’t need the foodbank long-term.

“We don’t want to be here forever,” added Jonathan. “No-one in the West Fife area should need a foodbank’s help and we want to see an end to local people needing emergency food at all. However, we are not there yet, we see people every single weekday who are struggling.”

Anyone who thinks they may be able to help can contact Jonathan on info@dunfermline.foodbank.org.uk.