Martin Whitfield MSP has visited two local food poverty projects to learn more about the impact of rising food costs on rural communities in South Scotland.

Mr Whitfield spoke to volunteers at the Reston and Auchencrow community larder and Chirnside community larder about the growing demand they have experienced from local households over recent months as the cost-of-living crisis worsens.

Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“This increased demand for food parcels in rural communities like Reston and Chirnside demonstrates that the cost-of-living crisis is hitting households across the South Scotland region in a way that has rarely been seen in the past.

“The volunteers I spoke to explained that, as with other foodbanks and food poverty projects, many of those seeking assistance are in work but simply cannot make ends meet just now. This underlines the depth of this crisis and how many people are struggling to keep their heads above water.

“I commend the volunteers at the Reston and Auchencrow and Chirnside larders, as well as those working in other communities across the region, for the amazing work they’re undertaking to support people experiencing food poverty.

“However, in 2022 no part of Scotland should see people having to rely on food parcels to get by. Those facing food insecurity and poverty cannot wait any longer – they need additional help now.”