THE leader of Argyll and Bute Council has praised the efforts of volunteers who have helped distribute more than 15,000 food parcels to those in need during the coronavirus lockdown.

Councillor Aileen Morton visited Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh this week to see first-hand the work of those involved with the Community Food Project.

Set up in April, the initiative has enabled people across the region who are shielding or vulnerable to get access to vital supplies.

Councillor Morton said: “Dealing with Covid-19 is having a huge impact on our communities.

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"It’s through strangers, neighbours, family, friends and businesses coming together that we can all look after each other and the Community Food Project is a great example of everyone working together.

"Every week food parcels are being delivered to every part of Argyll and Bute. This simply could not have been achieved without the support of our local businesses who have supplied food, equipment, vans and drivers and all the volunteers who give up their time to help.

"All across Argyll and Bute, we are seeing amazing acts of kindness from existing community groups working so hard to reach out to people and the many volunteers who have signed up to the Caring for People initiative.

"Looking ahead, this willingness to work together will be key in helping the area move on from the effects of the pandemic.

"Meeting just some of the people today who are working so hard, I feel really proud of what has been achieved so far.”

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The Community Food Project is a council initiative working in partnership with local businesses, other agencies and community groups. The project delivers weekly fresh and ambient food items for anyone needing help to access food.

The project started in mid-April and has since delivered over 15,000 parcels to people who need help accessing food.

Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh is one of six food distribution centres across the Argyll and Bute region.

If you need help to access food and do not have any existing support in place, contact the Caring for People Helpline on 01546 605524, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

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