When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold back in April 2020, Eildon Housing Association got together with the homelessness charity Cyrenians (who are the Fareshare partner for Central and South East Scotland) with support from Scottish Borders Council to collectively distribute much needed food supplies to foodbanks and community groups in the Scottish Borders.
Eildon’s Chief Executive Nile Istephan explained, “Working in partnership with Cyrenians provides the necessary link to enable us to get supplies into our Borders communities where they are most needed.”
“It is great to see that this working relationship with Cyrenians and the local foodbanks has not gone unnoticed, as we have been shortlisted for the ‘Working in Partnership Category’ at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Scottish Housing Awards ceremony on 4 February.”
“So far 66 tons of supplies including foods, clothes, books and toiletries have been delivered to communities across the whole of the Borders and the intention is to keep the momentum going and build on the success of this partnership.”
Neil Hay, Head of Enterprise with Cyrenians commented, “Across central and south east Scotland this year, our Fareshare depot has distributed over 3.2m meals worth of food to in excess of 200 Community Food Members. All of these members are organisations in their own right, serving their local community and meeting increased demand for access to food in a quick, dignified manner.“
“As we see the demand for assistance rising, Cyrenians work to support community groups in the Borders continues via the food hub. Without partnerships, like this with Eildon, we could never reach so many people.”