Date lodged: 25 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to food banks that operate outwith the remit of the Trussell Trust.
Answered by: Angela Constance 2 November 2017
As part of our £1 million per annum Fair Food Fund we currently provide support to 13 food banks; six affiliated with the Trussell Trust and seven independents.
The Fair Food Fund supports the development of approaches that support people affected by food poverty in a dignified, sustainable way and that reduces reliance on emergency food aid. We believe access to sufficient, nutritious food is a basic human right and that no one in a nation as rich as Scotland should have to access food banks. We will continue to challenge the UK Government welfare cuts that are the key driver causing increased demand for emergency food provision.