The Scottish National Party's Mr Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, visited Perth's Food Bank this afternoon (Friday).
During his visit Mr Wishart met with Michael Archibald, the Chairman of the Perth Food Bank, saw some of the work they are doing and found out more about how they have progressed since opening.
Speaking afterwards Mr Wishart said:
"I am full of praise and admiration for the work that everybody involved in Perth Food Bank is doing to make life a little easier for those in our community who are struggling to make ends meet.
"Recent months have seen new Food banks opening here in Perthshire, across Scotland and indeed throughout the UK. I am thankful for the efforts of those who make them possible but saddened at the need for such an endeavour in a society such as ours.
"There is far too much inequality wishing our economy and I am afraid that if we do not achieve a change in direction things are only going to get worse. We have already heard from the Chancellor, George Osborne, that his cuts agenda is 'not even half done' and he has plans to slash a further £25million from the welfare budget.
"That is £25million from the poorest in the land, the people who are already being squeezed so hard that they need food banks like the one I visited today, just to put a meal on the table.
"A fairer society is needed, it is possible and thankfully, here in Scotland, we have the opportunity to achieve it by embracing the transformational power of Independence."