Families in Moray who have been facing financial hardship during the pandemic have been assured support remains available.
While the region joins the rest of Scotland in gradually shaking-off lockdown, significant challenges will remain.
One of the sources of support that has proved a vital resource for many families and individuals is the Flexible Food Fund.
And the operators of the support programme for people needing help to pay for food amid the crisis have now confirmed the scheme will be extended until the end of September.
Cash is provided to councils across the country by the Scottish Government and the European Social Fund through the fund.
It aims to support and help people improve their lives in the region, and offer further assistance to those eligible for the free school meals scheme.
Cash is available monthly, based on the number of adults and children in the household and on individual household circumstances.
It is part of a wider package of support being provided by Money Advice Moray.
A Moray Council spokesman said the service was working hard to ensure “all households get all the benefit income they are entitled to”.
Organisations and support services acting on behalf of those in need can refer clients by completing the referral form available on the council’s website.
Applicants should call 0300 123 4563 to access the support.