Christmas 2014 the number of people relying on Food banks in Scotland reached a new
high. Figures from the Trussell Trust's 48 Food banks across Scotland show that
almost 10,500 people were given help, an increase of 13% on December 2013, and
a new record.
forced to rely on food parcels because of problems with their benefits, but the
number of people referred to a Foodbank because of low income is growing and
now represents a third of all users.
Ewan Gurr, the
charity's network manager for Scotland said: ''every day we are hearing working
people describe the devastating reality of sustaining their families with
static income and unstable employment against a consistently rising cost of
essentials like food and rent''.
If you want to know more about the work of the Trussell Trust and Midlothian Foodbank then please check out the website. And remember, as you get ready for church, your Bible in one hand and your Foodbank donation in the other. Your donations make a real difference to the lives of people in Midlothian.
There will be a box available in the three churches each Sunday for your donations. This is not a one-of request but an ongoing commitment for all three churches for the foreseeable future.
Fairtrade has improved the lives of millions of people - farmers, workers and their families - in developing countries. Here in the UK we lead the world on Fairtrade. Last year we munched on 1.42 billion bananas and drank 5.6 billion cups of Fairtrade tea and coffee.
There is more to Fairtrade than food products. You can buy Fairtrade clothes, jewellery and footballs!
Fairtrade products come from more than 70 countries scattered across Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean, and the Fairtrade system works with more than 1.3 million farmers and workers.
The Churches in the Tyne Valley Parishes all subscribe to the Fairtrade Standards and Cranstoun Church is a Fairtrade Church.
Everyone can make a difference - by buying Fairtrade tea, coffee, sugar, fruit, cakes, biscuits and wine.
There is a Fairtrade stall every month in Cranstoun Church (for more information contact Catherine Leitch - 0131 454 0764).