Glasgow foodbank's Christmas cracker

A GLASGOW foodbank served up more than 100 Christmas dinners to struggling families.

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  • Volunteers served a Christmas Day meal to families at the foodbank
    Volunteers served a Christmas Day meal to families at the foodbank
  • Volunteers served a Christmas Day meal to families at the foodbank
  • Volunteers served a Christmas Day meal to families at the foodbank
  • Volunteers served a Christmas Day meal to families at the foodbank
  • Volunteers served a Christmas Day meal to families at the foodbank
  • Volunteers served a Christmas Day meal to families at the foodbank

Around 20 volunteers spent hours preparing a three-course feast at the city's North West food bank in Scotstoun yesterday.

Local people gathered in the afternoon to enjoy soup, followed by turkey with all the trimmings, and delicious cakes and puddings.

And Santa Claus dropped in to share presents with the children.

Hundreds of toys and stocking fillers were donated as part of a special Christmas appeal organised by the foodbank.

They have also seen a huge increase in food donations throughout December.

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 foodbank, organised the Christmas meal for people who are in food poverty.

She said: "I think it all comes back to being a mum, I wouldn't want to see my children without anything on Christmas so I won't see any other children go down that track either."

The foodbank was launched in May, and has helped thousands of people feed their families.

In September, the foodbank faced a crisis when dozens of desperate people flooded the service and they nearly ran out of food.

They launched an appeal which has seen donations flood in.

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

Gill's husband Kyle, who is administration co-ordinator for the food bank, said: "People are so compassionate at this time of year.

"Since September, there has been no end to the amount of food that has been given in. We never thought the foodbank would be as busy as it is.

"We expected 50 people in a week - last week we had 30 clients in one day."

Mr and Mrs McCormick, both 27, had planned a quiet family Christmas, but decided to do dinner for everyone to ensure no one went hungry.

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