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Council reaches half a million meals mark

Posted on 7 May 2020
Food packs

North Ayrshire Council has reached a major milestone this week as it delivered its half a millionth meal to those in need.

In total, the equivalent of 514,856 meals have been provided to households across North Ayrshire in a variety of ways. 

Most of the meals have come via the Council’s weekly food parcels which are being provided, free of charge, to those in receipt of free schools meals and/or school clothing grant and some of the most vulnerable residents.

Each parcel contains enough food to provide a family of four with lunches for five days. Over 25,000 of these essential food packs have been delivered across North Ayrshire.

The packs are made up of between 75-80% of fresh produce, most of which comes from local suppliers based in Ayrshire and wider Scotland.  

In addition to the weekly packs, the Council’s Catering team has also been preparing and serving up meals for children attending the childcare hubs as their parents carry out essential work on the frontline.  To date, around 3,000 tasty, hot meals have been dished out.

And a further 12,000 hot meals have been delivered to those in need through North Ayrshire Community Hubs by teams of volunteers. 

Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “Delivering over half a million meals is simply incredible and is only possible thanks to the great team spirit that we’ve got going on here in North Ayrshire.

“From local suppliers stepping up to the plate to ensure we have sufficient stock to the local businesses giving donations to help out and the volunteers giving their time to help in our Community Hubs, everyone’s efforts are invaluable. 

“However, none more so than our tremendous staff without whom none of this would be possible.  They have pulled together, often doing things vastly different from their day jobs, to help our communities.  Whether that’s Housing staff coordinating the packing of food or Building Services staff ensuring each pack reaches those who need it most, every member of staff from every service has played an invaluable role in our response to the crisis. 

“This crisis has shown what community spirit is all about and we are incredibly grateful to each and every single person that is chipping in to make North Ayrshire a place to be proud of.”

If you are in an emergency situation and are having trouble accessing food, medicine or supplies, please contact your local community hub. Contact details can be found here