DUNFERMLINE Foodbank - and the people who rely on its services to feed themselves their families - need your help.

It’s no surprise that with spiralling energy bills and rising food costs, more people throughout West Fife are struggling financially, and an increasing number of them are being forced to look to the Foodbank for support.

But that, in turn, means the foodbank is struggling too - to keep up with demand for its services.

So that’s why the Dunfermline Press have teamed up with sponsors Stagecoach to launch our latest Foodbank Appeal.

Next week’s Press will include a free donation bag and we are asking that, if you can, please give a donation to the Foodbank.

Dunfermline Press:

Sandra Beveridge, Dunfermline Foodbank project manager, said: "We have been here for the last 10 years, and as shocking as that is, we are needed now more than ever.

"The cost of living crisis is affecting us all. However, those on low incomes and claiming benefits are really feeling the pinch.

“So far in this financial year we have surpassed the number of people we helped in the previous year, and it is rising rapidly.

"For the Press to offer us a food appeal is amazing and couldn't come at a better time as donations drop and bills take a grip on people."

Our appeal is generously supported by bus operator Stagecoach.

East Scotland managing director, Douglas Robertson, said: "We're honoured to be a sponsor for this appeal, which aims to ensure no one goes hungry in these extremely challenging times.

"Local communities are at the heart of everything we do, and we're very proud to serve Fife."

Dunfermline Press:

Fife Provost Jim Leishman is also urging our readers to support the appeal.

While it's depressing that foodbanks are so badly needed in the first place, Provost Leishman is at least heartened and encouraged by the incredible community spirit shown by many to support those who find themselves in less fortunate situations.

He said: “I'm seeing more and more boxes and baskets for people to put a foodbank donation into, so that's great. If everyone gave something it would be tremendous.

"The Press have been great at promoting this and keeping it going. Many people need a helping hand, so let's keep it going and let's keep thinking about others."

The Foodbank quickly runs out of household items, such as tinned foods including meat, fish, potatoes, vegetables, long life milk, coffee and tea, sugar, and toiletries. They are also in need of Pot Noodles, Cuppa Soups and Mug Shots, as they are ideal for clients who cannot afford or access cooking facilities.

With the help of our readers, we can make sure that the Foodbank has enough stock to help those who need its support the most.

Items collected in your donation bag included in next week’s Press can be dropped off at the Foodbank’s Warehouse at Unit 1C, Pitreavie Business Park, Dunfermline, on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, between 4pm and 6pm.

Alternatively, the Foodbank operates permanent collection points in the local Tesco and Asda stores, so donations can also be made there.

Thank you so much for your support and generosity.