Survey asks if Bute needs a food bank

Bute Advice Centre and Bute Community Links are among the organisations who want to know whether there's a need for an emergency food bank on the island, providing non-perishable items to those facing a short-term financial crisis.
Bute Advice Centre and Bute Community Links are among the organisations who want to know whether there's a need for an emergency food bank on the island, providing non-perishable items to those facing a short-term financial crisis.

A survey has been launched this week to find out if people on Bute think there’s a need for a ‘food bank’ on the island to provide emergency help for those in need.

The short survey features three brief questions, asking respondents whether they think the provision of a food bank would be helpful on the island and why, whether they would be willing to donate non-perishable foods, and whether they would be willing to offer support as a volunteer.

The survey has been produced by Bute Advice Centre and Bute Community Links, who are investigating the idea along with other members of the Bute Area Development Group (ADG).

Bute Advice Centre manager Julie Semple said: “The island has an elderly population and there are pockets of real deprivation within the community.

“We haven’t yet worked out the detail of how a food bank might operate on Bute, but several members of the ADG thought it might be a good idea, and our first step is finding out if there’s a need. That’s why we’ve set up the survey.”

The food bank survey can be completed online here, while printed copies are available at Bute Advice Centre and at The Buteman’s office.

The ADG comprises Argyll and Bute Council officers, community representatives, officials from other statutory agencies and representatives from local third sector organisations.

* Do you think poverty on Bute has reached the point where the island needs an emergency food bank? Would you be willing to help it - and why? Register or sign in below to tell us what you think - or comment via our Facebook page.