Emergency food deliveries have been provided to hundreds of households in the Fa’side area since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

Approximately 9,000 meals or food parcels have been provided to local residents.

Central to this has been a team of volunteers batch cooking hot meals for local residents, mainly elderly, who have been unable to get out or are shielding at present.

Joyce Thomson, Duncan McBride and Andy Thomson have been batch cooking five days per week to support the emergency food provision.

Critical to the food reaching local residents have been volunteer drivers. The drivers have been collecting and delivering the food parcels six days per week during the lockdown. The team includes Scott Gillies (better known from Ormiston Community Council), George & Jamie Lusk (father & son, otherwise known as Batman & Robin) and Brian ‘Scony’ Young who also owns East Coast Carpets in Tranent. The team have been essential in getting food to residents and also having the time for a wee chat.

Ruth Davie, Food Co-ordinator for Fa’side Emergency Food Provision, said: “We are hugely grateful to all our volunteers who have supported the Emergency Food Provision and our Community Resilience teams, working on behalf of the Community Councils, for co-ordinating this massive effort. Without the support of our volunteers we would not have been able to reach those most affected by the virus. It’s thanks to them that we have been able to provide this emergency support.”

Anyone needing extra support with essential supplies including food and medicine should contact East Lothian Council on 01875 824300 or email customerservices@eastlothian.gov.uk seven days a week.


Published: Thursday, 4th June 2020