SNP MSP Clare Adamson today welcomed the announcement from Communities Secretary, Angela Constance, that a share of the Scottish Government’s ‘Fair Food Fund’ has been allocated to Basics Food Bank, North Lanarkshire.

The announcement came as sixteen projects across Scotland were given a share of £350,000 to help families access fresh and healthy food. This is the second allocation of money from the £1million fund, which is already funding 20 projects across Scotland.

The money will help foodbanks and community groups to provide people with nutritious food, teach them how to cook fresh meals, strengthen local partnership approaches and reduce reliance on emergency food provision.

Commenting, Ms Adamson said:

‘It is absolutely vital that families across Scotland have access to fresh and healthy food and projects like Basics Food Bank provide a vital lifeline for many families in Motherwell & Wishaw.

Westminster benefit sanctions are pushing more and more families into food poverty in Scotland. Despite the Scottish Government’s best attempts to fight Tory austerity, such as mitigating the bedroom tax, sadly some families are relying upon foodbanks to survive. No-one should need to live in those conditions in a modern country.

My SNP colleagues in Westminster have been calling for an urgent re-think on the current benefit sanction regime. It is high-time that the UK Government heeded those calls.’

Copyright 2015 Clare Adamson MSP