Published: 09/08/2017 17:00 - Updated: 08/08/2017 15:29

Talks start on food bank for Culloden


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The Blythswood charity is in discussions about setting up a food bank in Culloden.

CULLODEN is set to have a food bank to help people on low incomes feed their families.

Talks kicked off this week with several officials and the likely site has been earmarked for an office at Culloden Library.

The Blythswood charity, which is responsible for food banks throughout the country, was in discussions with Councillor Glynis Sinclair plus Smithton and Culloden Community Council chairman David McGrath and Michelle Gowans from the library.

Mr McGrath said: "This is just a proposal at the moment, but it’s a great idea.

"The Blythswood people do great work and at the moment the talk is that the food bank would be set up in a room at the library."

Michelle Gowans, network librarian for Culloden and surrounding libraries, is credited with coming up with the idea.

And Mr McGrath added: "There are a lot of pensioners and vulnerable people on low income who depend on places like this.

"And I keep harping on that the greater Culloden area has the biggest population of between 35,000 and 40,000 people, so there is definitely a need for a charitable service like this.

"The Culloden Library is quite a central point for people, but as I say the talks have only started."

A spokeswoman for Blythswood welcomed the proposal for a new food bank.

She said: "It is at the very early stages.

"But there is a need for this for various reasons including the problems with the new universal credits where people can wait up to seven weeks to be processed."

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