Publication - Advice and guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Food Fund guidance for local authorities

Guidance for local authorities on the Food Fund which will support those most in need including families with children who are eligible for free school meals, older people, those with long-term health conditions and pregnant women.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Food Fund guidance for local authorities
Annex B: Community Food Infrastructure

There is a well-established network of over 1000 community food organisations across Scotland. Through No Deal Brexit mitigation work we know that local authorities have worked closely with community food organisations and national stakeholders like FareShare to ensure a coordinated approach to food provision and links to wider support. 

Local partners will be aware of community organisations providing food in their area, including food banks and other parcel providers, and those providing shared meals. Many have already adapted their approach to focus on home delivery or collection. 


FareShare is a charity and strategic national partner that distributes surplus and donated food from the food industry to community organisations. They operate from four regional depots and have considerable reach, supporting organisations in every local authority area. Contact details are provided below. The Scottish Government has provided FareShare with additional funding to purchase and distribute additional food to organisations responding to food insecurity without membership charge. This provision can complement but should not replace structured public sector responses. 

Other national investments to support specific groups:

The Food Train

The Food Train aims to prevent older people from becoming malnourished, including through the delivery of groceries. This is a paid service and the people receiving the food deliveries pay a subscription to cover the cost of the food and its delivery. The Food Train may also be well placed to provide advice on reaching older people.

Social Bite

Social Bite is a social business with cafes in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen which supports people experiencing homelessness, they are providing lunch bags to people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

National Independent Funders
  • Provision for of up to £1 million of funding initially from the Food Fund to support the community food network via a coalition of independent funders led by SCVO to ensure reach across the country.  Details will be accessible via in due course.
  • Cash for Kids provide funding to community organisations that work with children and families facing disadvantage. SG funding will support Cash for Kids to provide vouchers for families struggling to cover costs of food and fuel.
Other Scottish Government Funds

Other resources

Local partners may want to consider wider assets in designing structured responses, including employees in the transport sector, Community Learning and Development staff with significant reach in to communities, and cleaning staff.

FareShare contact






Local Authority area covered

Tayside and Fife


Simon Laidlaw,

David Nicholl;

95-99 Douglas Street, Dundee, DD1 5AG

Tel. 01382 224 966

Fife, Dundee, Angus, Clackmannanshire, Perth and Kinross


Central and Edinburgh


Neil Hay;


84 - 86 Jane Street, Edinburgh EH6 5HG   

Tel. 0131 554 3900                    

Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Midlothian, East Lothian, Falkirk, West Lothian, Stirling



Jim Burns;


1070 South Street, Glasgow, G14 0AP

Tel. 0141 958 1133


Glasgow, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Dumfries and Galloway



Graeme Robbie, Dave Kilgour;

4 Poynernook Road, Aberdeen, AB11 5RW

Tel. 01224 596 156

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland, Highland, Moray