Food bank staff plan a Xmas feast

ONE Glasgow food bank is preparing to celebrate Christmas with around 100 guests.

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The foodbank is preparing to celebrate with 100 guests
The foodbank is preparing to celebrate with 100 guests

But volunteers at the city's North West food bank, in Scotstoun, are still appealing for donations toys and stocking fillers, as well as food for the festive holidays.

The facility, which is based in Blawarthill Parish Church, feeds 80 to 100 adults and children a week.

Mum-of-four Gill McCormick, who runs the food bank, has been arranging the Christmas meal for people who are in food poverty.

Local supermarkets have donated vegetables and meat, while a toy collection appeal was launched last month.

Mrs McCormick, 27, said: "We hope it will be a really happy day where everyone can just enjoy their food and enjoy being together as a community."

Gill's husband Kyle, who is administration co-ordinator for the food bank, said: "We've had so many offers of help.

"We even have extra volunteers who will be helping to cook the meal on Christmas day.

"We are keeping the food bank open over the Christmas period too."

Volunteer team leader Lorraine McCafferty, 49, is a former client of the food bank.

She said she was forced to attend after her benefits were cut when she was diagnosed with cancer.

She said: "I was left with nothing, so I know how it feels.

"That's what inspired me to help other people."

Organisers will be in the church on Monday from 10am until 5pm if people want to drop off toys or non-perishable food.

The food bank, which opens 12-2pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, is being supported by local shops.

Sainsbury's, in Crow Road, has collected 1776kg of non-perishable food from September to December this year.

Store manager, Debbie Barnes said: "Customers have shown compassion and generosity."

Residents can drop donations of food at Sainsbury's, in Crow Road, Yoker Parish Church, in Hawick Street, Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, in Balmoral Street and H&T Prawnbrokers, in Knightswood Shopping Centre.

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