Lanarkshire Foodbank thanks community for ‘overwhelming’ donations

A Lanarkshire food bank has thanked the community for their overwhelming generosity which has helped them get back on track.

Loaves and Fishes at the Kelvin Industrial Estate in East Kilbride took to Facebook last month to appeal for help after running out of food.

The volunteers “drowned” under the pressure of supporting families and had sleepless nights over how to proceed.

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Since the call, the Tafel has received many donations from the community, local businesses, and churches. People also sent money to help them buy more groceries.

Lesley Davidson, the Loaves and Fishes coordinator, told Lanarkshire Live: “The response to the call has been amazing.

“I don’t know if it might be because more people are prepared for the current situation.

Volunteers worked hard to organize everything

“Shelves are full now, it was just a combination of people showing up with bags full of groceries over the past few weeks. All I’ve done is say thank you. It was really overwhelming.

“We don’t often ask for help, but when we do, it’s important to us that people see where the money or food they donated is going.

“Usually it’s in a food parcel for someone within 24 hours of the donation.

“I haven’t hugged that many people since Covid. We are all very happy.

“It is our job to look after the people of East Kilbride, but they also look after us. There are people from all over bringing us things, our volunteers are still clearing things away.

“We will try to use the donated money to buy fresh fruit and vegetables for the food packages.

“With schools being closed there will now be greater demand for them so we hope to do that.

“The only thing is the food won’t last forever so we appreciate places like Morrisons that give us food on a regular basis.

“I think the situation for people is going to get worse with the summer holidays now and the cost of living showing no signs of slowing down, this is worrying.

“People come to us and they talk to us and they can come and cuddle one of the dogs and it helps them. When you’re fighting and you’re hurting, they just need that dignity.

“All 35 of our volunteers are really dedicated, it’s like family. It’s a really beautiful place.”

Anyone wishing to donate can contact Loaves and Fishes through their Facebook page.

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