This Easter, we decided to hold a collection for the Glasgow SW Foodbank. They are a charity which supports those in crisis in the local community by providing food parcels containing enough nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food to last for three days. The Glasgow SW Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks and handed out over 8,800 parcels last year. Around 1 in 5 people in the UK now live below the poverty line and the number of referrals to foodbanks is increasing year upon year, according to the Trussell Trust’s End of Year Stats.
We ran the campaign in the weeks before Easter in our Glasgow office and managed to collect multiple bags of Easter eggs and various other food items. For families using foodbanks, an Easter treat isn’t necessarily a priority, so we wanted to provide this as well as everyday food items. This helps ensure that those using foodbanks don’t miss out on some of life’s little things, which can make a difference to their well-being.
Whilst at the foodbank, we got chatting to some of the volunteers who told us what they do to help those in need. We also discussed the enormity of the problem, not just in Glasgow but the whole country. As well as being an active foodbank, the centre hosts a cafe where people can get some hot food and socialise without feeling stigmatized. It was a sobering reminder of how some people are forced to live in order to survive – despite living in one of the richest countries in the world.
How you can help
If you’d like to help, you can arrange a donation via their website.
Their opening hours are:
Monday 12-2pm, Ibrox Parish Church
Tuesday 10.30am, 12.30pm @ Pollok Baptist church
Wednesday 12-2pm, Mosspark Baptist Church
Friday 10–1pm @ Hillington Park Church