Wassup? Bud beaten by Argyll’s ‘wonderful community spirit’

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A council project distributing food bank parcels to the needy in Argyll during lockdown has won a national award, beating brewing giant Budweiser.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Community Food Project was established at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure the most vulnerable people in our communities were able to access food during lockdown, when they had been advised to stay at home.

The team worked with food banks and new and existing local food and drink suppliers to deliver more than 45,000 food parcels to doorsteps of those most at risk during lockdown.

Now that the worst is over, the project has been recognised by the food and drink sector at the 2021 Footprint Awards, going head-to-head with an international beer giant, Budweiser Brewing Group, to win the Social Impact and Diversity Award.

Welcoming the news, council leader Robin Currie said: ‘The main objective of the Community Food Project was to ensure that people shielding didn’t need to worry about where their next meal was coming from, however, it quickly became much, much more than that – it became another shining example of Argyll and Bute’s wonderful community spirit!

‘Local business and volunteers came forward in their droves to give a helping hand to those most at need. Without their help the project just would not have been possible.

‘Besides benefitting those shielding, the project enabled people on furlough to return to work and money spent on delivering the project was retained in communities where possible, providing a significant return on investment and business sustainability.

‘The project was up against industry leaders for this prestigious award so I am absolutely delighted we won – everyone involved should be very proud of themselves. They are a credit to Argyll and Bute.’