Central Fife Times readers have donated a whopping 1,700kg of food by backing our foodbank appeal.

In a bid to tackle holiday hunger we asked you to help replenish the stocks of Dunfermline Foodbank which covers Benarty and Cowdenbeath, and you didn't disappoint.

Readers took up the pledge to fill up a special bag included in the June 30 edition.

As a result, hundreds of items were handed in to Dunfermline Foodbank's warehouse and also dropped off at the various collections points.

Thanks to Times readers items that were previously extremely low in stock are now back up to healthy numbers and families needing some help can get support throughout the summer holidays.

Sandra Beveridge, manager of Benarty Foodbank, said: "It was a very, very good and successful campaign.

"We had many people coming to donate to our warehouse with the bags and our collection points in Tesco and Asda supermarkets were also filled with the Times bags.

"The appeal brought in approximately 1,700kg of donations, which is a lot of food!

"It was certainly welcomed by all our staff and volunteers, we are just absolutely delighted!"

The Times was compelled to launch the appeal after hearing that emergency parcels of food have been given out more than ever before across Central Fife during a year which brought economic hardship to families in our communities.

Data shows that 7,726 people were helped by Benarty Foodbank from April 2020 – March 2021; consisting of 4,751 adults and 2,968 children.

Although that’s down on the previous year’s total, the foodbank gave away double the amount of food packages during the pandemic to make sure Central Fife families had enough for a week’s supply of food.

As so much food had been handed out, stocks at Dunfermline foodbank were running low, in addition the summer months are also notoriously difficult for bringing in donations.

Sandra added: "The donations brought in by the Times appeal were on par with the Tesco Summer Food Drive that we do each year so it's just great that we've got both of these huge contributions as we haven't been able to do that for a long time.

"We're grateful that people looked on the website/app and bought the stock that we were particularly low in too.

"It's certainly been a busy few weeks and out volunteers have been covering as many shifts as they could.

"The foodbank is still very busy, we were getting very short so we're back to good levels now.

"This has made a big difference so thank you very much!"

The Times has been able to launch this appeal thanks to the generosity of local businesses who have sponsored the campaign; AH Fireplace Installations Ltd, Basten Sneddon Solicitors and Gleaner Ltd.

The Dunfermline Foodbank umbrella comprises five centres across Fife, including Dunfermline, Inverkeithing, Rosyth, Benarty and Cowdenbeath.