Food banks struggling with critical shortage

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THE Hawick Corps of the Salvation Army revealed this week its stocks to make up food parcels have almost run dry.

And the demand for assistance continues to rise.

Evelyn Sangster, who has run the food banks for the last two-and-a-half years, said they were handing out between 30 and 35 bags every month.

But the situation has got so bad that they are perilously close to running out.

She told the Hawick News: “We’re desperately short of food. We don’t want to stop the operation but we’re short of dry goods.

“Over the last year the numbers have increased and increased and we can only see the situation getting worse.”

The struggle comes as figures show council-run homeless accommodation in the town is almost full 
up.

Scottish Borders Council manages 19 properties in Hawick, which are used as temporary accommodation for homeless people, 16 of which are occupied at present.

And the Hawick News can reveal that there are currently 20 people staying in homeless accommodation in the town.

A spokesperson for the local authority said: “From April 2012 to March 2013, 60 households who gave their current or most recent address as being in Hawick were assessed as being homeless or threatened with homelessness under the terms of the homelessness legislation. “

Hawick MSP John Lamont said: “This is deeply worrying news. With stocks running low this is a precarious situation, and we need the people of Hawick to band together in support.”

Donations of food can be made to the Salvation Army at Croft Road between 10am and noon or at the Friday coffee morning (10am-noon).

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