Station to stage second collection for foodbank

A SECOND foodbank collection is to be held at Glasgow's Central Station following the success of a similar event last month.

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Network Rail organised a 12-hour collection in the station for Glasgow City Mission and was inundated with help from commuters.

Big-hearted passengers and city workers donated enough emergency food parcels for Scotland's biggest food bank to feed desperate families across the city for six months.

Network Rail now has plans for another foodbank collection later this year, shortly before Christmas, and hopes to make it a twice-yearly event.

Rail bosses took action after learning that the charity had all but run out of stocks of food due to a surge in demand for the service.

The charity, which normally gives out food parcels to more than 100 people a week, was forced to turn families away.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: "The plan would be to hold another food bank shortly before Christmas, in late November.

"We would hope to repeat this next year with another spring and winter event. The charity have told us this would be the most useful times to have it.

"Last month's event was a real success."

City seafood restaurant Gamba last month also pledged its support for Glasgow City Mission by donating £1 from every diner's bill to the charity.

It comes as a new study showed the Government's recent welfare reforms, including the bedroom tax, have been a central factor in the explosion in the numbers of people turning to foodbanks.

Glasgow City Mission and The Trussell Trust, which runs banks in the city, has said repeatedly that welfare reform is the biggest driver of demand for food parcels.

There are at least 50 foodbanks in Scotland with at least five set up in Glasgow.

caroline.wilson@eveningtimes.co.uk

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