My life on a plate

The stories food bank meals tell “The money that I escaped with was my housekeeping money. I couldn’t save. I was on a strict budget when I was in an abusive relationship. I applied for benefits but there’s a delay so in the meantime it’s come to crisis point. All the funds I escaped with […]

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Trussell Trust launches University of Oxford study on foodbank use

The Trussell Trust commissioned an 18-month research project from the University of Oxford, led by Dr Rachel Loopstra. It is the single biggest nationwide study on foodbank use to date. Involving more than 400 households referred to foodbanks, the data collected on demographics, income levels, living conditions, health, and food insecurity provides unparalleled new detail […]

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Co-op food stores in East Lothian have launched a bid to serve-up trolley-loads of support for us this month. It’s great to have the support of the Co-op as we face ever increasing levels of demand. It is only with the help of the community that we’re able to continue our work. We would love […]

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East Lothian shoppers come up trumps

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Once again the Foodbank is STUFFED to the gunnels with fantastic donations from the public in East Lothian. Last Wednesday we held the first of 2 spring/summer collections in the Tesco stores in East Lothian (Haddington, North Berwick and Musselburgh) and generous shoppers donated a massive 3310 kilos of non-perishable food. Our band of volunteers […]

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The foodbank gets fresh!

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We’ve just launched a new initiative which we hope will put nutrition firmly on the agenda in our fight to tackle food insecurity in the county. BeGreen Dunbar, funded in its entirety by Community Windpower, the operators of Aikengall Wind Farm has provided a very generous one-off donation of £8,000, to be spent exclusively on items of […]

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No cost, no catch – raise free donations for us every time you shop online


Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for East Lothian Foodbank? There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost […]

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Guides Cook Up A Storm At East Lothian Foodbank

In case you missed it we have been working for some time with East Lothian Girlguiding arranging a cooking competition between units in the county, to produce tasty, nutritious and appetising recipes from the basic ingredients of a food parcel we supply, along with basic simple household items. The final, a MasterChef style “cook off” competition took […]

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Emergency food supply use jumps by a third in the last year

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In the last year we’ve given out 1,881 three-day emergency food supply packages to local people in crisis. In total 3,862  people were helped, and 1,440 of those were under the age of 16. This represents a 37 per cent increase in the number of emergency food supply packages handed out between April 2016 and March this year, […]

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Thank you


A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us through the Co-op Local Community Fund. Your support has meant we’ve been awarded a whopping £1,448.78. Thank you!

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Help us support local people facing hunger this winter


From the 1st to 3rd December, we’re hosting a food collection with Tesco as part of the ninth Neighbourhood Food Collection. You can find our collection points in Tesco at Musselburgh, North Berwick and Haddington. Why not come along and pick up a list of items we particularly need then add one to your trolley and support those […]

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