CAFE Inc received special recognition when newly elected MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, Neale Hanvey, lodged an Early Day Motion in Parliament in its honour.

The Café Inc scheme was set up by Fife Council last Easter when it was trialled in the Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly areas during the school holidays.

Due to its success, it was then rolled out across Fife and has delivered thousands of meals to Kingdom families over the Christmas period.

During a surgery he held at the Benarty Centre before Christmas, Neale had the opportunity to pop in and see Café Inc in action.

He spoke to staff there to learn more about the project and how it helps to feed hungry families as well as tackling social isolation and strengthening the sense of community in the areas it serves.

Commenting, Neale said: “I was so impressed with Café Inc at the Benarty Centre. "The staff I met there, Amanda Doran and Olivia Robertson, spoke with such passion about the difference the club has made to the local community, offering a place for people to come and chat whilst enjoying a meal - both things that they may otherwise be deprived of.

“It is truly awful that this type of support is required in a country as rich as Scotland, and I have called on the UK Government to do more to tackle the underlying causes of poverty. But until we get to the point that this kind of intervention is no longer required, I am grateful that initiatives like Café Inc exist to support those most in need.

“I have lodged an Early Day Motion in Parliament to give Café Inc some well-deserved recognition and to congratulate everyone involved on helping so many people in my constituency over the festive period.”

Our picture shows Councillor Rosemary Liewald, volunteers from Benarty Kids Community Club, Neale Hanvey MP, Olivia Robertson and Amanda Doran.