A north-east minister has thanked the local community for donating 50 boxes of food during a recent collection to feed the needy and homeless.
St James Church near Cruden Bay held a food drive at the Peterhead branch of supermarket chain Morrisons on Friday to provide for the Cyrenians.
The volunteer initiative is a continuation of the congregation’s weekly food collection.
Now the Rev Andrew Tucker has praised the people of Peterhead for their generosity. He said: “We were very humbled by the response. It will make a big impact on the needy and homeless in Aberdeen.
“A lot of people had seen it in the advertised Press and Journal so they were primed.
“We were so amazed on Friday, people just kept coming and coming. Some with half a trolley load of food to unload. It’s a very humbling experience.”
Rev Tucker has now arranged a harvest service at St James Church and will be leafleting homes in the local area encouraging people to attend and donate non-perishable food.
He added: “Often it is the neediest who give the most.”
Figures released by the Trussell Trust earlier this year revealed that record numbers of families are turning to food banks in the north-east.
In Aberdeenshire there was an increase of around 19% over a 12-month period. In Aberdeen the number jumped by more than 38%.
The rise has been attributed to low wages and an uncertain economic future.
The St James Church harvest service will be held on Sunday, September 25 from 4pm.