We need supplies
Appeal for donations
East Kilbride Community Food Bank volunteers have issued a desperate plea after donations dried up.
Community care worker Karen Dornan revealed that the shelves in their unit have been left bare after a barren summer for the lifeline service.
Karen told the News that hundreds of people are attending their weekly drop-in sessions – with a minimum of 150 parcels handed out every week.
A bag can normally feed a family for about three days but they fear they won’t have enough food to meet that target.
“There has been an increase over all our drop-ins,” said Karen.
“The number of bags we have been giving out has definitely increased. I’m not sure what has been happening.
“Each drop-in has been gradually going up. I’d say it’s gone up by about 10 per cent across our donations just in the last three weeks.
“Benefits are changing at the moment so a lot of families might be in that transitional phase.
“Parents are having to pay for kids clothes to go back to school.
“We always see a drop over the summer with people going away on holiday and changing their routine. But this year most of the shelves have been totally empty.
“The amount we have at the moment won’t give us enough for one weekend.”
Karen continued: “It surprises people when they come and pack bags for us. It can look like we have a lot but by the time you start packing it’s amazing how quickly it disappears.
“We have been doing this for about four or five years and we have seen that over the last year or so demand has increased.
“We started out just at the church and now have lots more drop-ins throughout the town. We have steadily grown with demand over the last couple of years.”
A push on social media by the group means the picture is slightly less gloomy.
East Kilbride FC fans were encouraged to bring along donations ahead of their Lowland League game against Striling University at K-Park on Saturday.
Members of the SNP’s East Kilbride branch also handed in donations at Claremont Parish Church.
Karen was delighted to see a positive response – but admits more is still needed. She said: “We have seen a tremendous response. We have had people from East Kilbride offer to give us their weekly shopping and the football club donating over the weekend.
“I want to thank everyone who is donating and keeping us going.”
Donations of tins, packets of pasta and noodles, jars, cereal, teabags and packets of biscuits. Hygiene items including toilet rolls, toothpaste and shower gels are also accepted.
To find your nearest station, contact Calderwood Baptist Church on (01355) 520765.
Much-needed donations Rev Gordon Palmer with bags of food delivered to Claremont Parish Church
Running on empty Karen Dornan at East Kilbride Community Food Bank