FOODBANK bosses have praised the "generosity of the people of Glasgow and beyond" after the response to a cry for help.

The Evening Times told in November how one of Scotland's busiest foodbanks was at risk of closure.

Glasgow SW Foodbank, which serves Greater Govan, was in dire need of support to prevent it from closing its doors.

Now, in a post on Facebook, the lifeline service has shared good news - and bad.

Chairman Nick Hopkins wrote: "At the start of November the Evening Times were good enough to run a story about the financial difficulties we were facing.

"We weren't crying wolf, we were looking at having to shut unless we had an injection of cash.

"How different it now feels.

"The generosity of the people of Glasgow and beyond (the story reached Abu Dhabi) responding to our appeal or in many cases taking their own time to find out what was needed in their community, has been astounding.

"Money, food, toiletries and hygiene products have come flooding in. We have never seen a response like it.

"It's been schools, companies, public organisations, charities, trade unions, politicians, doctors' surgeries, churches, faith groups, and individual good hearted people and families, all collecting for us."

While the foodbank is grateful, bosses said the bad news is that the foodbank still faces the challenge of feeding increasing number of people.

In just under two months, Glasgow SW has fed 1600 people and has given out more than 9000 food parcels this year.

Twice in December it fed more than 100 people in a single day.

The foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust, is also still looking for funding for its development worker.

Nick added: But today most of all I want to thank all those who have donated, who are still donating and will donate over Christmas, and the foodbank only shuts on a couple of days, all our volunteers who give up so much time, and Claire our development worker.

"Your effort and generosity means that we can do the most essential of work, keeping people fed."

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