Hope springs eter­nal as gen­er­ous peo­ple do­nate in droves

The Oban Times - - News -

AN OBAN food bank will put dona­tions to good use af­ter de­mand has ‘more than dou­bled’ in re­cent weeks.

Hope Kitchen raised £978.83 in cash and re­ceived three trol­leys of food when vol­un­teers packed bags and set up a col­lec­tion point in Tesco last week­end.

Lor­raine King, man­ager of Oban’s Hope Kitchen, said: ‘We are busy be­cause of the school hol­i­days.

‘Chil­dren are at home all day, so they eat more. In the past cou­ple of weeks, the de­mand for food parcels has more than dou­bled so the food col­lected will go a long way.

‘Peo­ple are so gen­er­ous. It was or­di­nary, ev­ery­day folk that were putting it in. I think we will do it once a year, or more, if Tesco lets us.

‘We are very grate­ful for the food and money that was raised. We can’t thank the peo­ple of Oban and be­yond enough for their gen­eros­ity. Ev­ery penny and ev­ery item of food col­lected will go di­rectly to the peo­ple we sup­port.’

Lyn­d­say Ross, who vol­un­teers at Hope Kitchen, added: ‘We did a col­lec­tion in Tesco on Fri­day and on Satur­day we were pack­ing bags.

‘We have about £500 to £600 worth in food, prob­a­bly more, and about the same in cash.

‘Peo­ple have been so sup­port­ive – they have not just put money in a box, they have gone and bought stuff and put it on our col­lec­tion ta­ble.

‘It’s amaz­ing. It’s all non-per­ish­able, so we can give it away in food parcels.

‘When you think about all the peo­ple we can feed, it’s amaz­ing.’

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Man­ager Lor­raine King and vol­un­teers Pat Barkley and Lyn­d­say Ross with the do­nated food.

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