Here are some common misconceptions surrounding Foodbanks and our responses to them.
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1. drug and alcohol users use the Foodbank so they can have extra money to support their lifestyle
less than 15% of referrals come from drug and alcohol support services and most of their clients are in treatment programmes
2. People will continually use the Foodbank so they can spend their money on other things
less than half of the people using our service use it more than once! Less than a fifth use it more than five times.
3. No-one should need to use a Foodbank, everyone is entitled to Benefits if they don’t work
over 60% of all people using our service are doing so because of some issue relating to their Benefits (delay/change/sanction)
4. It’s only people on Benefits who use Foodbanks
Not so, we see many families on low income having to use our service for various reasons, from unexpected bills to delayed wages. Financial Hardship and Unexpected bills account for nearly 40% of our usage.
5. It’s all single adults using the service
Less than 50% of our users are single, with families accounting for nearly a third of all parcels we distribute.
6. People just turn up at Foodbanks and expect Food
nearly 90% of our users are referred to us by other organisations who have assessed their immediate needs and determined that they are genuinely in need of an emergency food parcel
7. Any old food can be donated to the Foodbank and they can use it
All donated food has to be non-perishable and in date, you can also donate cash via our
8. The Foodbank gets lots of donations so mine doesn’t matter
Each month we spend around £2500.00 making up the shortfall between donations and demand for food. To Donate money click
9. The Foodbank is funded by Government / Councils / other statutory bodies
We are an Independent Foodbank funded wholly by donations from the generous people of Kirkcaldy and the surrounding area.