LOCAL primary school children are helping the volunteers who are serving up Lochgelly Lunches this winter.

Pupils from Lochgelly West Primary have joined the charity which is offering somewhere warm to sit, as well as hot drinks and light food every Tuesday between 11am and 1pm.

It's a lifeline for many during a time of soaring inflation and rising food and energy bills and the youngsters are doing their bit by helping to dish out meals and participate in board games.

Councillor Linda Erskine, who is one of the volunteers, told the Times: “We know people are struggling with rising costs and that is why as well as providing food packs, we also make tea and food and offer a place for people to come and stay warm whilst meeting others socially.”

Fife MSP Alex Rowley visited the project and thanked the volunteers for all the work they do.

The politician also met with the pupils of Lochgelly West who told him their aim was to be involved in their local community and support others.

Mr Rowley said: “This venue is open every Tuesday at the town hall where people can drop in for a cuppa and a blether with friends and neighbours and make new friends whilst enjoying a sandwich, cake, soup and a hot drink.

"The project also offers wider support through food distribution and welfare advice.

“In every community we are seeing more and more people come together to support community drop-in facilities to make sure no-one goes cold and hungry this winter and the organisers stress everyone is welcome.

"Social isolation is very real but these volunteers want to make people welcome with the message 'Don’t sit at home alone, pop in, meet people and get involved'.

"The involvement of the local school is the icing on the cake and I want to thank the school and all the people giving up their time.”