AN anti-poverty project has warned that the Covid crisis is far from over as people struggle to find enough cash to feed themselves.

Belville Community Garden is packing up vanloads of food every day and delivering it to struggling households across the district.

At the height of the pandemic last year the team set up a huge production line sending self-isolation boxes out on an industrial scale, with thousands of packs going out to those stuck at home and in the greatest need.

A year on, project worker Sue Harris says there is still a strong demand.

She says that food insecurity remains a problem in the community.

This comes as the new windfarm grant steps in to help them continue their vital work.

Sue said: "We still see a real demand out there.

"We know people in recovery services are vulnerable and a lot of elderly people are still struggling.

"We know where the need is and we make sure that food is getting to them.

"We work with others like the Park Farm Foodshare in Port Glasgow to get food to people and we find that a lot of people come to us directly to ask for support.

"If people keep needing help we find ways to get them more support - I think that is very important."

Belville also has its own food pantry which local people are free to use.

The community garden was recently awarded £1,000 from the newly set-up Inverclyde Windfarm Grant Fund scheme to continue its work.

Greenock woman Sue, who started as a volunteer for the garden project, delivers the food supplies across Inverclyde in a electric van.

Belville runs a number of eco-aware groups, including a gardening club, as part of a campaign to reduce the area's carbon footprint and increase food security.

They plan to restart popular 'soup and a blether' sessions at their east end base as restrictions lift.