A South Lanarkshire food bank has received a community grant of £490 from Scotmid Co-operative in support of its work with vulnerable individuals.
Clydesdale Food Bank helped more than 1000 individuals in 2014, delivering support to homeless people going into council tenancies by providing Home Starter Packs, furniture, wellbeing packs, hygiene packs and emergency food packs.
Liz Paton, Clydesdale Food Bank Co-ordinator, said: “We receive referrals from a variety of agencies for people experiencing food poverty in Clydesdale. We are very grateful to SCOTMID co-operative for their grant of £490 which has enabled us to purchase a laptop, laser printer and other computer peripherals allowing us to act more quickly when a referral comes in.”
Yvonne Goodfellow, Membership & Community Officer for SCOTMID co-operative’s West Region, said: “Supporting our communities is a key priority for us and we and are delighted to award this grant to Clydesdale Food Bank, which provides an invaluable service to people in need throughout the Clydesdale area.”
Clydesdale Food Bank was set up by the Church of Scotland in Carluke, with the support of New Beginnings Clydesdale, in March 2013. Since then, it has become an independent charity and in January 2015 it opened new premises in Carluke High Street.
The charity has 8 volunteers in the main Carluke office, with a further 30 local residents delivering food parcels to Blackwood, Biggar, Douglas, Kirkmuirhill and Carstairs.