Since the last magazine, the Foodbank has been as busy as ever. Stock become low to such an extent that the frequent buying of food became the normal pattern. Luckily the usual sources came up trumps again and our stocks began to rise.
The Tesco Barrhead collection was slightly lower than in July, but still reached over a tonne (which is 1,000kg). We realise too that Tesco customers are giving regularly through the box in the store. At Tesco we also received donations amounting to £93.
Via our outreach partners at Thornliebank, we received a donation from a young footballer of £300 and the TSB bank (Thornliebank and Giffnock branches) donated another £300. We also received further donations, which are greatly needed, as we spend a substantial amount each month to compensate for the increase in client numbers.
Volunteers numbers have remained at the same level and, on a monthly basis, 50 active people keep the show on the road! Then there are the people who uplift and deliver regularly from Churches and supermarkets. Volunteers help with the Tesco collections and we appreciate all ongoing dependable support.
Heriot-Watt University, in conjunction with Trussel Trust, is carrying out a Network-wide survey on the “State of Hunger”. East Renfrewshire Foodbank has been selected to take part and we have agreed to participate in the survey. I hope to be able to report on the results of the survey in due course.
As always, East Renfrewshire Foodbank is grateful to all of you thoughtful of others’ needs who give generously on a regular basis.