Food bank £10k grant is hailed
A lifeline East Kilbride food bank has been awarded a £10,000 funding boost.
Loaves and Fishes, based in Carron Place, Kelvin Industrial Estate, was facing an uphill battle when its old van broke down and they were faced with a huge repair bill.
The van is essential for the ever-increasing number of drop-offs the charity has to make, particularly over busy periods such as Easter and Christmas.
But thanks to the £10k National Lottery grant, the organisation, headed up by anti-poverty campaigner Denis Curran MBE and wife Cathy, will be able to replace the van and continue helping families on the breadline in East Kilbride and beyond.
In recognition of the tireless efforts of Loaves and Fishes and Denis to help those in poverty, Dr Lisa Cameron, MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, presented the community stalwart with an Early Day Motion (EDM).
Denis told the News: “When the engine blew up on the old van we were looking at a repair bill of £4000 at least which is money we just don’t have.
“This grant is an absolute lifesaver for us as without the new van we would struggle to get by.
“Demand is only increasing and it would be near enough impossible to get parcels out to those who desperately need them using just a car.
“And the van also has our logo on it as well which gets the word out there about Loaves and Fishes and what we do.
“We are thrilled by this grant and thank Dr Cameron for the Early Day Motion (EDM) highlighting our work.”
Dr Cameron, said: “A good number of constituents including regular users of service highlighted to me the impact that Denis and Cathy have made in terms of practical help Loaves and Fishes offer to people, hosting a sitdown meal for 40 people twice a week.
“It’s always a pleasure catching up with Denis and hearing how the £10,000 grant from the National Lottery will be used to buy a van and help with essential deliveries for Loaves and Fishes.
“Denis also enquired about grants for local residents and I outlined that Scottish Power have introduced a programme to help those in fuel poverty.”
A heartbroken Denis previously told the News that he and Cathy felt unable to retire after 25 years due to the unprecedented demand for their services.
This grant is an absolute lifesaver...
Lifeline Dr Lisa Cameron MP hands Denis the Early Day Motion