DONATIONS to Caithness Foodbank are failing to keep pace with the volume of emergency food parcels given out by the volunteer-run organisation.
The latest figures show reliance on its service continues to grow, with a record 14 tonnes of food handed out to 1341 people in the far north over the last 12 months.
Donations from the public are still coming in regularly.
But organisers of the food bank were forced to draw on more than £2000 from their own funds to ensure they met demand.
The total using the service in Thurso and Wick jumped by 280 from the previous year. It helped feed 995 adults and 346 children throughout the far north between August 2016 and August 2017.
Its users in Wick almost doubled from 343 last year to 565, comprising 421 adults and 144 children. In Thurso, the total rose from 349 to 516, consisting of 376 adults and 140 children.
The number in rural Caithness dropped from 320 to 180 – 148 adults and 34 children. Donations were given to 25 people in Sutherland with the remaining recipients undisclosed.