We have lived through what may perhaps be the biggest health crisis many of us will see in our lifetime. However despite the challenges, we have renewed our commitment to eliminate hunger in our communities.
It is clear that it will be these households that will bear the financial brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic and that there exists the clear and present danger that these households may slip into poverty.
It is time for a fair deal for local government that will allow councils to provide the vital services that communities badly need.
For a body dealing with consumer issues, it is important that consumers are represented.
After balloting our members, the Scottish Co-operative Party has nominated Jackie Baillie MSP for the post of Scottish Labour Party Deputy Leader. Jackie Baillie has been a strong supporter of the co-operative ideal in the Scottish Parliament.
It is high time that the SNP Government provided councils with the resources that they need and bring an end to the age of austerity in our councils.
It is important that co-operatives and mutually owned businesses are recognised and encouraged through the Scottish National Investment Bank.
An ownership model which puts maximising shareholder benefit first has been shown to be a poor deal for the travelling public in Scotland.
I am a co-operator and I want Scotland to be a place where wealth and power are shared.
Putting the right to food into law will not end food banks overnight, but it will set Scotland on a path of joined-up, coherent policy to make sure that everyone has reliable access to healthy, sustainable food for themselves and their families.