Youth Beatz 2019 is now less than a month away, and preparation is underway for one of the festivals newest initiatives for 2019 – the involvement of foodbanks from across the region.
Dumfries and Galloway Council is committed to tackling the cause and effects of poverty through its Anti-Poverty Strategy. By including local food banks from across the region at this year’s event Youth Beatz and our Council will play an even greater role in tackling poverty.
Young people from the Youth Beatz Steering Groups identified that demand on local food banks has increased significantly over the last few years and have developed an initiative to run during this year’s festival. All Youth Beatz 2019 ticket holders are invited to bring along one (or more if able) foodstuff item that they can deposit in the Food Bank Drop Box which will be located at the main entrance on event days.
Foodbanks who are involved in this project are LIFT (Lochside Is Families Together) and Stranraer Furniture Project, both of whom will have volunteers on site who will be able to answer any questions about the services that they offer to their communities.
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Young People’s Champion Councillor Adam Wilson said: “Youth Beatz has established itself as a major event in the region’s calendar and a unique opportunity for young people in our region. With Youth Beatz 2019 a key strand in our legacy plans for last year’s Year of Young People we are making it bigger and better. This new initiative will expand the work our Youth Work Service do to tackle poverty across our region and contribute to our Council wide Anti-Poverty Strategy.”
Some examples of goods you can bring along are: dried pasta, cereals, soup, pasta sauces, beans, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea, coffee, tinned fruit and biscuits.
Paul Smith from Stranraer Furniture Project said: “this is a great example of Dumfries and Galloway Council working together with partners in the Third Sector and wider community to combat food poverty whilst at the same time, raising awareness amongst young people of the value of donating food to these projects.”
If anyone would like any more information, or has any questions surrounding the Youth Beatz 2019 Foodbank Project, please feel free to contact Deirdre Gray at Deirdre.Gray@dumgal.gov.uk or telephone 01387 260243.