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We're working with our partners to tackle poverty in the region and support our priority of protecting the most vulnerable people.

We have made a strong commitment to tackling poverty. We want to

  • prevent people from falling in to poverty
  • support people who are currently in poverty
  • provide assistance to people to help them get out of poverty.

Evaluation of Anti Poverty Strategy 2015-2020

Elected Members of our Communities Committee will be scrutinising the Evaluation of our Anti-Poverty Strategy 2015-2020 at their meeting on Tuesday 9th February 2020. They will consider and agree the proposed future arrangements for tackling poverty and inequalities within our region.

Poverty and Deprivation Position in Dumfries and Galloway 2020

A report by North Star Consulting and Research for Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Watch the Report Launch Event below:

People tackling poverty funding

Funding was identified to support projects developed by community groups and local people which tackle poverty. You had a chance to vote for the projects you want to see funded and £240,000 was distributed to community projects across the region.

Actions to tackle poverty

We are working closely with partners, our communities and people facing the challenge of poverty to make sure we get the most effective approaches in place.

The council budget includes funding to help tackle poverty. We've agreed an Anti-Poverty Strategy and we've already taken forward a number of simple actions:

  • Co-ordinating information and support for people facing poverty
  • Raising awareness of poverty with staff in schools
  • Gaining accreditation as a Living Wage employer
  • Encouraging our suppliers to adopt the Living Wage

Find out more about the strategy and actions we're taking:

Finding help and support

We're currently working with Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway to source information from every organisation in the region which aims to prevent and eradicate poverty. The information will be used to create an up-to-date database which will make it easier for people to find the right help and support. It will also allow organisations to:

  • develop partnership opportunities and collaborative working
  • establish a new e-mail network
  • share best practice
  • avoid duplication of services
  • re-focus support to where it is most needed

Food Banks within Dumfries & Galloway

Food Banks are a vital supporting mechanism in our fight against poverty and food insecurity within Dumfries and Galloway.

Below is a list of Food Banks located throughout our Region with contact details so that you can reach them - please do contact them if you are in need and they will be able to help you.

Also included are details of how to make donations to each of these organisations too if you wish to drop any surplus food to the Food Banks within your local area.

Name of Foodbank Provider

Area Based within our Region

(Annandale & Eskdale, Nithsdale, Stewartry, Wigtownshire)

Please indicate if you cover a particular geographical area (e.g. Council Ward Area, town or specific villages)

Contact Details for use by Members of the Public

Opening Times

Location of Food Bank

Details for Donations (e.g. times when items can be dropped off)

The Fed Up Community Cafe


 Stranraer & The Rhins

 Gordon Scobie


Monday - Friday 9.30am-2.30pm

Baptist Church

Bellevilla Road Stranraer 

 Drop off any time within the opening times

Apex Scotland





Alison Graham or Aynsley Balfour

01776 700973

Monday-Friday 10-4.

2 Back Rampart, High Street, Stranraer, DG9 7LW


Monday-Friday 10-4.

Machars Churches Basics Food Bank


Machars - Newton Stewart, Wigtown  Kirkinner, Sorbie, Port William, Whithorn, Isle of Whithorn, Creetown, Kirkcowan



Tel: 07884370419

Facebook/telephone 7.30am - 19.30pm


At store Tuesday and Thursday 9.00am - 12 noon

11a Albert Street, Newton Stewart DG8 6EF


points in Newton Stewart: Sainsbury, Co-op, Key store

Donation points in Wigtown: Craft Public House, The High Street. Wigtown

To arrange alternative drop-off tel: 07884370419


Apex Scotland, ,



Nithsdale and Stewartry

Crystal Soltys or Fiona Dalgleish

01387 256310

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10-4.

77-79 Friars Vennel, Dumfries, DG1 2RF

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10-4.


Kate's Kitchen


Annandale and Eskdale


All of Annandale and Eskdale / tel 01461 206444



Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am - 5pm (messages can be left on phone)


The Old Bank, 52 High Street, Annan, DG12 6AN


Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am - 5pm


Living Wage Accreditation

We have produced a toolkit to assist other local authorities in achieving accreditation as a living wage employer.

Page last updated: 29/01/2021
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