FOODBANK volunteers who distributed nearly 1100 emergency food parcels to people in Caithness and Sutherland last year are holding a special event to boost donations and attract new members to help those in need.
Caithness Foodbank will be holding its reverse advent calendar event on Saturday to welcome more volunteers and donations as demand in the far north continues to grow.
In January, the organisation handed out over 250 bags to members of the public for them to put items in to help families and individuals who are struggling to feed themselves.
The event was originally meant to take place in January but was postponed due to extreme winter conditions.
Now it has been arranged to take place on Saturday afternoon at Rosebank Sports Pavilion and chairwoman Jane Coll said the event will also provide information about how the foodbank works in the community.
She said: “The aim of the event is to inform the public about the work of the foodbank and to address the standard criticisms of foodbanks.
“We also hope that the event will attract new volunteers.
“There is no charge for admission and soup and sandwiches will be available.”The number of people using foodbanks in Caithness and north Sutherland reached a record high last year.
Between August 2015 and July 2016, 1061 – 795 adults and 266 children – received emergency food, compared to 958 for the same period between 2014 and 2015.
It is estimated the food bank distributed around 13.4 tonnes of food. The event will take place on Saturday between 2pm and 4pm.