Hope launches tin cam­paign

The Oban Times - - News -

AN OBAN char­ity has launched a cam­paign to get peo­ple to do­nate un­wanted tins of food.

Hope Kitchen, which also acts as a food bank, is urg­ing Oban­ites to Take in a Tin, so it can use them to feed vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the town.

Hope helped to feed 93 peo­ple with its food parcels in Fe­bru­ary, not in­clud­ing the 40 or so peo­ple fed on a daily ba­sis at its premises.

Beth Campbell, who works for the char­ity, said Hope’s stor­age cup­board was start­ing to get a bit de­pleted, so vol­un­teers thought of the cam­paign.

She said: ‘We thought, we won’t be able to fill th­ese parcels and if we don’t, I don’t know what would hap­pen to the peo­ple. It’s for peo­ple who are el­derly or don’t have much money or are dis­abled. We keep them go­ing.

‘Ev­ery­one has stuff in their cup­board that they are not go­ing to use - bring it in here and we will use it. If it’s some­thing that some­one won’t use, then I make some­thing with it in here.

‘Peo­ple can bring us any­thing in a jar, a tin or in a dried packet.’

Hope makes sure that its parcels are equipped with in­gre­di­ents that will al­low peo­ple to cre­ate a meal. For ex­am­ple, pasta is al­ways part­nered with a sauce.

Man­ager Lor­raine MacCormick said: ‘What has hap­pened was that we got a lot of food do­na­tions in at Christ­mas and a lot of it went out at Christ­mas in the 50 food boxes we sent.

‘ We still had lots of tins left­over. How­ever, in Fe­bru­ary we gave out 36 food parcels which fed 93 peo­ple – 47 chil­dren and 46 adults.

‘Most of our stock went out in Fe­bru­ary, where we fed al­most dou­ble the amount of peo­ple that we did in Jan­uary.

‘I thought up the “Take in a Tin” cam­paign to see if peo­ple could spare a tin of any­thing for us.

‘ With a lo­cal pop­u­la­tion of 10,000 that could be a lot of tins – we’re sup­port­ing peo­ple from Mull as well as lo­cally.’

If any­one has a spare tin, packet or jar, it can be do­nated at the Hope Kitchen on Ar­gyll Street, Oban.

Hope’s Beth Campbell shows o some of the do­na­tions that they have had so far.

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