THE Pennypit Community Development Trust is in “urgent need” of donations for both of its food pantries.

Donations are running so low that its Fa’side hub had to ration the food put into its food packages last week.

Members of the public are asked to buy an extra item in their weekly shop or check their own cupboards to see if there is anything they can donate.

A spokesperson for the Prestonpans-based trust said: “Our community donations are so amazing and we are so thankful that everyone is so generous, but we need your help once again.

“Whether you buy an extra item in your weekly shop or even check your own cupboards – every donation helps!”

All donations are welcome, although an example of the food items they usually require include breakfast cereals, pasta, rice, noodles, tinned fruit and vegetables, cooking sauces and baked beans.

An example of toiletries and household goods they usually require include baby products such as nappies, wipes, hair care, soap and shower gel, deodorant, dental care, laundry detergent (pods, powder and liquid), washing up liquid, bleach and cleaning products and toilet rolls.

In Tranent, donations can be dropped off at St Martin’s Church.

In Prestonpans, donations are gratefully accepted at the Pennypit Centre, off North Grange Avenue.

Meanwhile, the food pantry at the Port Seton Centre is also on the lookout for donations.

As well as items such as tinned and non-perishable goods, toiletries, nappies, dried goods, tea, coffee and biscuits, it is also looking for games, craft activities and jigsaws.

People can leave the craft items at the door of the centre, where they will be cleaned before being redistributed.