Slamannan volunteers ensure elderly and vulnerable residents get hot meals

A group of hardened campainers have switched their attention from fighting high energy costs to making sure people in Braes area villages have enough to eat during the coronavirus crisis.

By James Trimble
Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 1:46 pm
Updated Friday, 24th April 2020, 8:31 am

Claire Mackie and Fiona Gordon started Falkirk’s Forgotten Villages – End Fuel Poverty late last year after residents in the Slamannan and beyond complained they were getting hit by energy bills as high as £150 a week

Now Claire and Fiona, joined by friends Loretta Morris and Claire Malcolm, Councillor James Kerr and others – including two highly skilled chefs Derek and David – have formed the Community Pavilion group to collect food and distribute it to those who need it most during the COVOD-19 lockdown.

Claire said: “We’ve had food referrals so we know who to deliver the meals to. It’s not just people who cannot afford to buy food, it’s elderly and vulnerable people who maybe live on their own and cannot get out to the shops to get things to eat.

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Energy campaigner Claire Mackie and friends Fiona Gordon, Loretta Morris and Claire Malcolm have started a food drive for those who need it most at Slamannan's Community Pavilion.

“On Monday we delivered 45 hot meals to people and we did the same on Wednesday. We will be delivering meals to people on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We’ve had amazing feedback from people about the quality of the meals they have received.”

In recent days their meals menu has included tasty treats like chicken pie in puff pastry, macaroni cheese with new potatoes, leek and potato soup, sausages with onion gravy served with mashed potatoes and vegetables, haggis, neeps and tatties and haggis neeps and chocolate cake with custard.

The Community Pavilion group, who gratefully accepted £300 from Councillor Kerr and his Falkirk Conservative Group colleagues, received massive donations of food and essential items at Easter and are always looking for more donations if people can spare them.

Visit www.facebook.com/communitypaviloon for more information.