Eilean Siar Foodbank is to continue with its normal arrangements for supporting people in need, as the separation of the local organisation from national charity the Trussell Trust is completed today (Friday November 15th).

The foodbank will continue as an independent organisation, providing food support to families and individuals experiencing a crisis or who are in food poverty.

A spokesperson for the foodbank said all the referring organisations, which include health and social support services, now have new contact details to reach them and that the distribution of food will continue as before.

The New Wine Church on Point Street will be operated by volunteers and open for people to collect food supplies on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 11am and 2pm.

Trustee Catriona Stewart told welovestornoway.com: “If people need food support they can go to a referring agency or just come to the foodbank, in which case we will also direct them to agencies that can provide further support.

“Our current focus is on the Christmas boxes, which last year were provided to over 300 families. We are working on those at the moment and will be distributing them based on referrals from the agencies.”

Food for local distribution continues to be collected at the Co-op and Tescos supermarkets in Stornoway, with other public collecting points open during the Christmas period – the Caberfeidh Hotel, for example, is running a collection as part of their Santa’s grotto.

Catriona also paid tribute to the Trussell Trust, which has offered to continue providing informal support even though they are no longer officially connected to the island foodbank.