South Scotland

Dumfries foodbank helps hundreds since launch

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A foodbank launched in controversial circumstances in Dumfries has helped hundreds of people since it opened.

Anti-austerity campaigners protested outside when Scottish Secretary David Mundell launched the Trussell Trust facility in July last year.

Project manager Fiona Dalgleish said the service had been "working really successfully" since it started.

She said more than 750 people had been referred to them since the service began in March last year.

Ms Dalgleish said 586 adults and 182 children had received three days' supplies of emergency food from them.

"We're not just providing food to people in crisis - we aim to provide the support too by referring people on to other services to help them get back on their feet," she added.

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