With the cost of living crisis affecting more and more families across Fife, big hearted Times readers are being asked to dig deep and give a little help to those who need it.

As prices rise, there's a growing number of people turning to their local foodbank who, despite receiving continuing support, are struggling to keep up with demand.

Dunfermline Foodbank, which also operates the Benarty and Cowdenbeath foodbanks, as well as those in Rosyth and Inverkeithing, is desperately in need of more supplies to ensure it can provided the help that's needed.

The Times is once again launching its annual foodbank appeal - generously sponsored this year by bus company Stagecoach - to encourage everyone who can to make a donation.

The organisation's Project Manager, Sandra Beveridge, said many in the local community are feeling the pinch and turning to their services for help.

"We are still extremely busy and donations are not what they used to be, obviously, because of the crisis that everybody is in as well," she said.

"We are at the stage now where we are buying in stock every month just to keep the foodbank well supplied. That is how much donations have gone down.

"The demand is so great we just can't keep up with it. Although people in the area are very generous, currently it is just not enough to keep up with the demand."

Anyone wanting to donate is now able to see what items are most needed through the Foodbank App or by checking on the charity's website where an up to date list is published every month.

Central Fife Times: Stagecoach are backing our appeal in support of the foodbank.Stagecoach are backing our appeal in support of the foodbank. (Image: Contributed)

"We have an app that people can download and that is updated monthly," explained Sandra. "We also have an updated list on the website and it changes from month to month depending on what we are short of.

"It is a traffic light system so red is what is urgently needed, amber we are needing stuff and green is we are fine and well stocked.

"We are always look for the basics, long life milk, all tins of food, particularly meat as well as tea, coffee and milk and sugar and things like that. We always seem to run out of toiletries as well.

"We have permanent collection points in all the local Asda and Tesco stores, so donations can be left there too. If you can't find them, ask at customer services."

As in previous years, the Times is launching an annual foodbank appeal, calling on our readers, if they can, to support those less fortunate than themselves by making a donation.

Central Fife Times:

We're grateful for the support of Stagecoach, as their backing is crucial to the appeal, and will help ensure more people can receive the support the need from the foodbank.

The foodbank welcomes donations of money, big or small, every gift helps transform lives.

And of course, donations of food and toiletries are always greatly appreciated.

To encourage more donations, we're giving Times readers the chance to do their bit too.

We'll be including a bag in our paper on March 28, which we hope readers will fill with good for the foodbank. It can then be dropped off at our Pitreavie office or one of the foodbank's drop off points which can be found on the website https://dunfermline.foodbank.org.uk.

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Donation points include a number in Cowdenbeath, including Wee Jimmy’s, High Street (collection point in the public house); Co-op Food, Dalbeath Crescent (6am-10pm, collection point in store); and Morrisons, Fountain Place (7am-10pm, permanent collection point in store).

Your support is needed more the ever. Thank you in advance for your help and generous donations.