Festival goers at YouthBeatz Dumfries are being asked to bring at least one item of food to desposit in a food bank drop box to help fight poverty.
The foodbanks involved in the project are LIFT (Lochside Is Families Together) and Stranraer Furniture Project (Community Reuse Shop), both of which will have volunteers on site who will be able to answer any questions about the services that they offer to their communities.
Examples of goods that can be donated into the box at the main entrance are: dried pasta, cereals, soup, pasta sauces, beans, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea, coffee, tinned fruit, and biscuits.
Paul Smith, of Stranraer Furniture Project, said: “This is a great example of Dumfries and Galloway Council working together with partners in the third sector and wider community to combat food poverty, while raising awareness amongst young people of the value of donating food to these projects.”
The festival is on Saturday and Sunday June 22-23.
Young people from the Youth Beatz Steering Groups identified that demand on local food banks has increased significantly over the last few years and developed the initiative to run during this year’s festival.
Dumfries and Galloway Council is committed to tackling the causes and effects of poverty through its Anti-Poverty Strategy. By including local food banks at this year’s event Youth Beatz, the Council will play an even greater role in tackling poverty.
For more on Youth Beatz see: youthbeatz.co.uk/