Community organisations are becoming vital as costs soar
An emergency food charity in Dundee said it closed its evening dining space as demand has quadrupled.
The cost-of-living crisis has meant Lochee Community Larder is now handing out 100 meals a day mostly to ordinary folk like students and working families who struggle to make ends meet.
It also sells on food at low prices to the wider community.
However it is struggling to match resources with demand and has closed its evening Cosy Space.
A post on the organisation’s Facebook page said: “We regret to inform you that cozy space will be closing until further notice. This is due to lack of funding and volunteer shortage.”
Samantha Roberts from Lochee Community Larder, said: “We’re seeing a lot of students as well. Loads more students are coming across, especially international students.
“It’s everybody; there isn’t a set criteria for who’s turning up now. It’s just so much more people with the cost of living crisis, the energy bills, everything’s just, it’s all impacting.”
David Smith used to volunteer for the Larder. But now he relies on it.
“If it wasn’t for these people, I wouldn’t be here right now,” he explained.
“At the moment, I donate £40 a month, which helps them provide food for people like myself who’re hungry. We need help,” he said.
Caitlin Gray and Brandon Boylan, who use the larder’s services, said that there can often be a fear of stigma attached to reaching out for help.
“At first, I was a bit hesitant to come down as I was worried I would be judged,” explained Brandon.
“But since I’ve been here, there’s been nothing but great people.”
“I can’t think of a better way to describe this place other than home,” Caitlin added.
“I feel like this is a place where I won’t be judged. I can ask for help, advice, and most importantly, it feels like family.”