Households in Scotland unable to access food as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak will get support from local authorities with £30 million of new investment from the Scottish Government Food Fund.
The funding will support those most in need including families with children who are eligible for free school meals, older people, those with long-term health conditions and pregnant women.
Councils in Scotland will have flexibility to use this additional resource in ways that best meet emerging local needs and circumstances, working with community groups and businesses to support home delivery, provide financial help and meet dietary requirements.
Allocations include more than £4.7 million for Glasgow, £2.2 million for Fife and £2.1 million for North Lanarkshire. The funding, one part of the £350 million Communities Fund, will be distributed to councils across Scotland by COSLA.
The Scottish Government has also announced special arrangements for deliveries to high risk groups of food and other essential groceries.
Source: Scottish Government website 5 & 3 April 2020
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