‘Lifeline’ food fund to help people who are struggling

Argyll and Bute Council leader Robin Currie.

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A new fund has been set up to support adults and families facing financial insecurity in Argyll and Bute.

The Argyll and Bute Flexible Food Fund has been set up by the area’s council to offer financial support and wider professional help to anybody in need.

Also involved in establishing the fund are the Community Food Forum, Bute Advice Centre and ALIEnergy.

The initiative will help to support daily living expenses for households with low incomes and no access to cash savings.

If the claimant engages with the services, a second payment will contribute to a further month’s daily living expenses.

Argyll and Bute Council leader Robin Currie said: ‘Launching the Flexible Food Fund and offering crisis grants will provide a critical lifeline to so many people across Argyll and Bute.

‘The pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on our communities, many through no fault of their own.

‘With loss of income, additional childcare and closed businesses, there is a real need to provide as much help and support as we can.

‘We are working with trusted partners working remotely to cover the whole of Argyll and Bute. All cases are handled sensitively and in complete confidence.

‘We hope that by providing essential access to funds and much needed wider support, we can help people out of crisis and enable them to move forward and manage their available financial resources.

‘I would encourage anyone who finds themselves in difficult circumstances to get in touch. We are here to help.’

For more information about the Flexible Food Fund, including payment details for households, or to make an application to the fund via an online claim form, visit the council’s website at argyll-bute.gov.uk/forms/flexible-food-fund

Further assistance is available by calling 01700 502784.

Working with the Community Food Forum, a referral route to the Flexible Food Fund is also available through  food banks to ensure families with a genuine need are properly assessed for support and receive professional help.