Kingdom Housing Association and Campion Homes are supporting The Pantry project in Inverkeithing, Fife, with a joint donation of £500 to help local families in need during the festive season.
As the regeneration of Fraser Avenue in Inverkeithing continues, Phase 2 will see 61 high quality, energy efficient, distinctive and affordable homes for social rent delivered in an area classed as one of the most deprived in Scotland.
Kingdom’s joint donation is part of their wider community benefit commitment being provided through the Phase 2 contract to enhance employability opportunities and to promote life chances in the area. To date that includes the creation of 6 jobs and 2 new apprenticeships, as well as allowing 3 existing apprenticeships to be sustained.
Founded in June 2020, the Pantry Project is managed by Inverkeithing Trust and supported by Fife Council community staff and aims to alleviate pressure on local foodbanks while encouraging community connections.
The Pantry is part of the FareShare Scotland scheme that aims to prevent food surplus from local shops going to landfill and already has the support of Stephens The Bakers, the Co-Op, Dalgety Bay and ASDA, Dalgety Bay. Project volunteers use financial donations to purchase additional food items that are required to top up the food bags.
Julie Watson, Interim Head of Capital Investment at Kingdom said, “Demand for the services provided by The Pantry in Inverkeithing has been growing steadily over the last 6 months and shows no signs of slowing down. At Kingdom we fully support the work they do not only to take some of the pressure off local food banks, but also to prevent food waste and to build connections within the local community. At Kingdom our mission is to provide more than a home and our commitment to delivering community benefits such as job and apprenticeship creation as well as training opportunities reflects that.”
Dougie Herd, Joint Managing Director, Campion Homes said, “We’re delighted to contribute to this community project which is doing lots of great work for the local people of Inverkeithing”.
Nancy Rhouma from Inverkeithing Trust added, “Thank you so much to Kingdom and Campion for their very kind and welcome donation to our Pantry project – it’s wonderful and we’re absolutely delighted! Your donation will certainly help to keep our Pantry going and to meet a growing need in our community”.
Phase 2 of the Fraser Avenue regeneration project is due to be completed in June 2022 at a total cost of £9.6m.