EAST Lothian Foodbank in Tranent has been boosted with a £150 donation.

The money, which would have been used to pay for catering at ELCAP’s annual general meeting in October, was made available by the Prestonpans-based social care organisation’s Covid-enforced decision to move its AGM online.

Paul White, ELCAP chief executive, said: “In a normal year, we’d welcome delegates to our AGM with coffees, teas and a bite to eat.

“While we really missed seeing everyone, we thought we’d donate the money we saved to a good cause in East Lothian.

“Recent research from the Trussell Trust forecast a 60 per cent rise in demand for food parcels between October and December this year.

“With that in mind, we thought it right to support our local foodbank with a small donation.”

Candace Higgins, East Lothian Foodbank director, said: “At East Lothian Foodbank, we do our utmost to provide the best possible food to people restricted by poverty. We do this through distributing emergency food, helping stock community larders and through other community projects.

“We believe in compassion, justice, protecting each other from harm and upholding the dignity of everyone who needs our help.

“ELCAP’s donation will help us to carry on doing what we are doing to support our local community.”

ELCAP provides care and support for individuals affected by learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health problems.

It provides services in 30 towns and villages across East Lothian and Midlothian.