A brand-new service which aims to deliver free food to families in need is now in full swing.

The first deliveries are being made today and will continue to roll out in the days ahead.

North Ayrshire Council’s facilities management staff have been working round the clock to get the food packages ready for eligible families.

In total, more than 2,000 families have registered for this vital support, which will see council staff deliver packages of ingredients and some basic recipes during what is a very challenging time.

Councillor Jim Montgomerie, cabinet member for place, said: “This has been a monumental effort and it’s incredible that this scheme has been put in place in a matter of days.

“Having been involved in this project and seeing first hand how committed the team is, I can’t thank them enough for the efforts in making this a reality and ensure households which might otherwise struggle get the support they need during this unprecedented period.”

The first round of deliveries will see more than 850 families in different localities across North Ayrshire receive food and recipe packages. Packages may vary depending on supplies available.

The council advised that if you have registered for the scheme but not yet received a package, not to worry, they will reach you.

To take part in the scheme, eligible families must opt-in by registering with the council.

The service is aimed at those who have a child or children eligible for free school meals and/or in receipt of a school clothing grant.  

If you are eligible and have not yet registered, you can do so by filling in this form at: https://forms.gle/14Z1dpbcissPL3qt8