WWSF awards £5,000 to local food projects

Walk With Scott Foundation is proud to announce it has awarded £5,000 to support 10 local community food initiatives throughout East Lothian. Dunbar Food Share, North Berwick Kindness Co-operative, Our Community Kitchen, Lammermuir Larder, Fa’side Community Kitchen, Roots & Fruits; plus community food hubs in Port Seton, Prestonpans, Wallyford and Whitecraig have all benefitted.

Colin McGinn, WWSF Vice Chair said: 

WWSF is a great admirer of the work these community food initiatives do. Its much more than simply providing quality hot meals to those who may not be able to access these on a regular basis. These hubs provide friendship and companionship and an escape from isolation and loneliness for some people. WWSF has been working with several of these organisations for some years now and our shared values make it easy for us to provide support when it is needed. The WWSF Board decided to widen our support as far as possible across the County to help as many of these initiatives as we could.

WWSF Ambassador, Tom Shearer MBE said:

This is a really good example of what WWSF does; we are a strong force for good across East Lothian. These awards are only made possible by the many people (‘Scotters’) who support our events and raise funds for us. We hope these awards makes those people proud and help to provide much needed additional support to keep these great community food initiatives going. 

Pamela Martin from Wallyford Community Centre Association said:

We are delighted to receive this donation. The individuals and groups that we engage with will reap the benefits. Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but what we give. Thank you WWSF!

Colin McGinn and Scotter Sharon Peel with Pamela Martin

Our Community Kitchen said:

We exist to reduce isolation in the Haddington and Lammermuir area by bringing people together to eat fresh wholesome good home cooked food around a large table allowing friendships to form. This grant is massively appreciated and will help us to continue our work going forward. It’s been a very tough few years and now people will also be struggling financially with the fuel crisis as well as being isolated during covid. People feel loved when they eat good food and then friendships follow. I would like to thank WWSF on behalf of everyone who joins us around the table. It really does mean a lot; WWSF’s  contribution to the communities across East Lothian is amazing.

Scotter Hazel Easton with Elaine from OCK

Lammermuir larder said:

This donation will allow us to continue to support local people who are really struggling to feed themselves and their families, right here, right now! When people think no one cares, this donation shows you do! Everything helps and the fact that local people who donate do so to help their neighbours less fortunate shows that we are building caring and hopefully sustainable communities.

Gareth Glynn from WWSF with Linda from LL

Dunbar foodshare said:

The team at Dunbar FoodShare thank Walk with Scott Foundation for their very generous donation. Our strategy for 2022 is to work with our donors to move away from the donation of food to a monetary contribution. This will enable us to buy the food our clients want, support our local High Street & reduce food waste. It also promotes good physical & mental health by giving our clients the dignity of choice. So this donation will do more than just addressing food poverty. We really appreciate WWSF’s support”.

Alan Bell and Amanda from WWSF supporters the Royal Mackintosh Hotel presenting the award to Agnes from Dunbar Foodshare

Cockenzie & Port Seton Resilience Team said:

This donation will hugely help the continuous work to help us support those in need across our communities, thank you.

Marion Glynn, Mary Kidd and Karen Kidd from WWSF with Brian from Port Seton centre

Katie from the Lighthouse Community Hub in Prestonpans said:

Thank you so much, this donation will help us greatly in supporting our Foodbank, our young children’s appeals and also our new Mental Health drop in groups, thank you so much.

Marion, Mary and Karen from WWSF with Katie from the Lighthouse project

Fa’side Community Kitchen said:

We want to say a massive thank you to the Walk With Scott Foundation. This donation will make a huge difference to our volunteers, our mums and babies, families and older people within the Fa’side area who continue to access this vital service.

Gareth and Hazel from WWSF meet the team from FCK and East Lothian Co-op Club in Tranent

Whitecraig Village Hub said: 

We provide an emergency food pantry and works with the Cyrenians project to provide ‘Cooking on a Budget’ courses.  We are hoping to develop our food support this coming term and re-introduce a subsidised meal/soup pack. This donation from the Walk with Scott Foundation will support us to do this. The staff and Committee of the Hub wish to pass on our thanks for the very kind donation.

Whitecraig Village Hub Food Pantry

Roots and Fruits said:

Roots and Fruits East Lothian and TeamElphy would like to give you a very big ‘Thank You’ for your ongoing support. The subsidising of our weekly visits to Fa’side Kitchen has enabled our Bite and a Blether group to enjoy this much enjoyed outing and maintain a social lifeline for some. Your kindness to us is very much appreciated. Thanks again!

Colin, Roberta and Nancy from WWSF meet Pamela from R&F

North Berwick Community Centre said:

The award will allow us to continue to help and support local people suffering with food poverty.

Alan Bell with Katie from NB Community Centre