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Oban’s Hope Kitchen is reacting to the latest lockdown by serving up more food parcels.
Tier 4 restrictions mean it can no longer open as a community cafe but it can still nourish people in need.
The confidential food parcel service is open to everyone in the community across Oban and over on Mull or Iona who is struggling financially – whether families or people living on their own.
People needing help can contact Hope directly themselves or referrals can be made from any support organisations.
Volunteers are staffing New Hope at 2 Soroba Road from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. There is a limited delivery service available but people are encouraged to pick up parcels from the premise’s back door between 11am and 2pm.
The parcels can cater for different dietary needs from vegetarians to vegan or people with food allergies such as coeliac disease.
Service manager Catriona Petit said she wanted to get the message out that help is at hand for anyone needing it.
‘I worry to think there are people with nothing in their cupboards when we are here and can help. We can be very discreet, people can private message our Facebook page,’ she said.
And she added: ‘We are in it for the long haul but hope we don’t have to be and that things will get better.’
Anyone who needs help or knows of anyone needing help can call Hope Kitchen on 01631 565730, private message its Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org