Keep the donations coming, say foodbank volunteers

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Service users at Thornliebank Resource Centre have issued a call for donations to help East Renfrewshire’s most vulnerable through the winter.

The centre runs a foodbank staffed by adults with additional support needs, and the kind-hearted volunteers are making up food parcels to hand out, as well as serving hot drinks to those who need them.

The team ask that East Ren residents keep up their donations of much-needed food and toiletries during the colder months.

A spokeswoman explained: “The idea to set up a foodbank distribution and collection centre came from the centre’s service users, after they arranged a collection for the East Ren Foodbank last year.

“A committed group wanted to help people in crisis in the long term, and suggested setting up an Eastwood branch in their resource centre.”

The Thornliebank team aid the Barrhead-based East Ren Foodbank — started last year by church leaders and community volunteers — also providing three days of emergency food for those in need.

Service user and foodbank volunteer Karene McDougall commented: “I like helping people and I want to make sure that they get something to eat.

“People are welcome to come to Thornliebank to have a tea or coffee when they are waiting to collect their food parcels.”

Referrals and food vouchers are available to anyone facing crisis from places like East Ren Citizens Advice, the council’s money advice team, schools, Clarkston social work office, their GP or from Voluntary Action.

The Thornliebank Resource Centre hands out food parcels from 12.30-2.30pm every Thursday, and donations of non-perishable food and toiletries are welcome 9am-3pm, Monday to Friday.