THE project manager of Dunfermline Foodbank has defended the charity's decision to close on Monday.

The organisation has confirmed all its outlets will be closed out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II and to allow its volunteers to pay its respects.

One West Fifer contacted the Press about the decision and expressed concern that people in Dunfermline would go hungry as a result.

"I personally find it absurd that a place for hungry people who cannot afford their own food is being closed down," she added.

However, Sandra Beveridge, project manager at Dunfermline Foodbank, insisted help would still be there for those who needed it.

"We are closed on Monday. We are open on Friday as normal, closed on Monday and back open on Tuesday," she said. "If anyone needs emergency food we have put on our social media that they can contract the emergency out-of-hours (number) as they do on other public holidays and we will update our website with this as well.

"We do close at Christmas and New Year for public holidays. We are a Christian organisation and she is the leader of the church and it is her funeral."

Anyone in need of emergency food during the closure has been advised to contact emergency out of hours social work on 03451 550099.