Falkirk Foodbank grateful for generous gifts

Falkirk Foodbank volunteers Pat Paterson, Maralyn Stirling, Alf Collington, Chelsea Paterson and May Angus.
Falkirk Foodbank volunteers Pat Paterson, Maralyn Stirling, Alf Collington, Chelsea Paterson and May Angus.

Kind-hearted shoppers donated trolley-loads of vital provisions to help Falkirk Foodbank provide much-needed support.

Almost nine tonnes of food was collected at three Tesco stores in Camelon, Falkirk and Redding in just two days earlier this month.

All the donations are now being sorted out at the charity’s Tamfourhill base and made up into emergency food parcels for those in need.

One gesture from Falkirk businesswoman Helen Smith, who along with husband Mark runs Montana Home Care Services, saw her hand over £1500 which filled 17 trolleys with much-needed food.

Alf Collington, the local foodbank co-ordinator, said: “I was staggered by her donation. All the shoppers were very generous but this was amazing.

“In the Camelon area, the donations were up by one-third with many people saying that they wanted to give because they knew people who had been helped by the foodbank.

“The generosity of people is very humbling.”

This week Helen said she was delighted to be able to make the donation to such a worthy cause, adding: “It was nice to be able to put something back into the community.”

New research shows that 15 per cent of people living in Scotland have skipped meals, gone without food to feed their family or relied on others for food in the last year.

Tesco, the Foodbanks charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare organised the UK’s biggest ever food collection to provide vital food for thousands of people.

Rebecca Shelley, Tesco group corporate affairs director, said: “This research reveals since our last national food collection in December, the problem of food poverty in the UK has increased and shows no signs of improving.

“It’s hitting families hard, especially when resources like free school meals, breakfast clubs and after school clubs are not available.”

Falkirk Foodbank currently has around 50 volunteers, many of them helping out several days every week helping to make up the food parcels which provide three days-worth of emergency supplies for people who are struggling.

For more information, visit www.falkirk.foodbank.org.uk or call either (01324) 823894 or 07740 674395.