Thornliebank centre collects for food bank

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SERVICE users at the Thornliebank Resource Centre have banded together to collect food, toiletries and cleaning products for a bumper donation to the East Ren food bank.

Staff, parents and carers and service users at the centre –which supports adults with learning disabilities – have all contributed, in a bid to help those in the community in need of welfare help.

Service user Stephen Bell, from Giffnock, said: “A few of us talked about how good it is to give back to others who are in need of support.

“We thought that collecting food and toiletries would be a good way to become involved in contributing to our community.

“With poverty on the rise, we hope we’ve supported those people who are in need of a helping hand.”

Thornliebank Resource Centre — run by East Renfrewshire CHCP for around 40 users — added thanks to everyone who donated to the project.

The food bank – an initiative kickstarted by pastor Ken Trench, of the Spirit of Life church — opened its doors earlier this year, with the help of volunteers who collect, sort through and repack non-perishable food for those in need.

As reported by The Extra in April, more than 350,000 people turned to food banks in the last year — almost triple the number in the previous year — leading Trussell Trust executive chairman to issue a plea to the UK government to recognise the extent of food poverty.

Visitors to the Barrhead-based food bank receive an emergency three-day supply and organisers are grateful for all appropriate donations.