A SUPERMARKET chain has provided food vouchers worth £750 to a group supporting families through the coronavirus pandemic.

Scotmid Co-operative is backing the Pennypit Trust to provide food and essentials to those in need of support in Prestonpans.

The Pennypit Trust improves health and wellbeing through sport, community development, nutrition, family engagement and volunteer development.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the trust has provided about 1,000 meals per week to Prestonpans families, the elderly and adults who are struggling.

Scotmid has provided food vouchers to assist with ingredients for nutritious meals, as well as to donate to households who are struggling to buy fresh items.

Kirsty Connell, Scotmid membership and community manager for the east of Scotland, said: “We are honoured to support the trust on its mission and provide help to those in need at this difficult time.”

The Pennypit Trust is predominantly relying on food donations to make up nutritious cooked meals, recipe bags and a basic essentials bag.

Due to the high number of people who need support, stock of essential items has been in high demand and the trust is still receiving new referrals for people who need their help.

Lorna Bellany, from the Pennypit Trust, was delighted with the donation.

She said: “We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generous donations we have received during this difficult time.

“These vouchers from Scotmid will go a long way in helping us support families in the Prestonpans community.”