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Ap­peal for dona­tions

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Pirie

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

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