AN AVERAGE of 65 bags of groceries are being given out every week by the Inverkeithing Pantry.

The project aims to prevent food from going to landfill and reduce the pressure on the local foodbank.

Food bags are made up by volunteers who receive surplus food from several local shops and supermarkets. They also receive a weekly delivery from Fareshare.

Members of the South and West Fife area committee were updated on the Pantry's efforts at their meeting last Wednesday.

They heard that by linking up with EATS Rosyth, the project now provides about 60 cooked meals a week and, moving forward, it's hoped that themed cooking sessions to demonstrate suggested meals using the food provided may take place.

The initiative works out of the Ballast Bank Community Centre and, run by volunteers, is managed by the Inverkeithing Trust with support of Fife Council local development officers.

It also has involvement from 11 community connectors who are on hand to promote any events, consultations and activities that may be running in the area by speaking with neighbour/friends.

The idea behind Community Connectors is to recruit local people to work closely with council officers to co-ordinate activities in their area. Local people are encouraged to share and develop their ideas for possible community initiatives.

Committee convener, Councillor Alice McGarry, said: “The Pantry has proved to be a lifeline for many in our community disadvantaged by the impact of COVID.

"Having a place where they can not only receive the material support the food bags offer but also where they can get reliable advice and support. Advice can be offered on a range of issues that’s having a detrimental effect on them and their families' lives.

"We’re also very grateful to all the Community Connectors for the work they do. Keeping these connections open is a major part of the Pantry’s purpose.”