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Council and catering suppliers team up for foodbank boost

Press release   •   Sep 28, 2016 11:37 BST

A major food distribution company has joined forces with Moray Council to help ensure that local families do not go hungry.

Brakes Scotland is making regular donations to the Moray foodbank as part of a contract agreement with the council.

The company is one of the council’s main food suppliers and was awarded a new grocery contract earlier this year.

A community benefits element was included in the contract and Moray Council nominated the Moray foodbank – which now has registered charitable status - as beneficiary.

As part of the deal Brakes will donate goods to the foodbank every three months for the duration of the contract period.

The company’s channel head of public sector, Chris Boyle, said: “We are delighted to be donating to the Moray foodbank in Elgin to help those most in need.

“Recently we have donated to foodbanks in Fife and Coatbridge and the crowds of people approaching the foodbanks brought it home to us the sheer numbers of people who are going through the real pain and struggle every day to support their families.

“As a business, we are committed to donating to local foodbanks and hope that our regular contributions can make a real difference.”

Moray Council operational support officer Susan May said: “It is great that Brakes will be assisting those on low incomes to stretch it that little bit further.

“As part of the procurement process for the new grocery contract, carried out by Scotland Excel on behalf of councils, there was a community benefits clause and I wanted to use this in a way that would reach out to those most in need in Moray.

“Now we can be sure that by working with Brakes and the Moray foodbank we will be assisting families who are experiencing difficult times.”

Kathy Ross, of the Moray foodbank, said she was delighted that the council had nominated the foodbank.

“This recognition from both Moray Council and Brakes of the work we do and the numbers of people we are able to reach, while relying mainly on public donations and a volunteer workforce, is very much appreciated.”

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

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