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Community / Nesting community group opens foodbank

A NEW foodbank has opened in the Nesting, Girlsta and Wadbister area.

The scheme is being run by the Community Development Company of Nesting (CDCN) in collaboration with the Lerwick based Shetland Foodbank.

There are donation points in the Nesting shop and the South Nesting Public Hall for people to drop off food and other items such as toiletries.

A donations drop off point in the South Nesting Hall. Photo: Community Development Company of Nesting

Development officer Mark Ratter said the group may look to increase the number of collection points in the future.

He said the main reason for introducing the foodbank was feedback from community members, through questionnaires and anecdotally, that the increased cost of living meant some people are cutting back on household costs like food, fuel and energy.

“This is in addition to prior research which indicated that the cost of living in Nesting, Girlsta and Wadbister is higher than the Shetland average, with income slightly lower than the Shetland average,” Ratter said.

To access the foodbank people can contact the development group confidentially at developmentofficer@cdcn.co.uk or by phoning 01595 890 770.

From there, CDCN will arrange to deliver food parcels to the person’s home directly if required.

The development company is also supporting the South Nesting Public Hall to secure funding to set up a ‘warm welcome’ day event over the winter.

It has also invited the Citizens Advice Bureau out to Nesting as part of its energy advice outreach service.

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