East Kilbride News

Food firm wastes no time in helping out

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- ROSS THOMSON

One of Lanarkshir­e’s largest food and drink wholesaler­s has donated thousands of pounds worth of leftover stock to help East Kilbride families.

Dunns Food and Drinks, headquarte­red in Blantyre, is helping EK-based community organisati­on Share Alike to alleviate food waste by donating leftover stock that would otherwise be destined for landfill.

The partnershi­p was put together by Dunns food buyer Lynn McGregor who spotted the opportunit­y for the company to provide much-needed help to a local organisati­on in need of support.

The company’s operations director Julie Dunn said: “Supporting our community is a vital part of our mission.

“Share Alike is an extremely worthwhile cause run entirely by volunteers. We are in a position to support, so we will.

“We’re always looking for ways to make sure any excess stock with perishable dates is put to the best possible use – we hate to see any go to waste, particular­ly at a time when there are more people struggling and when we are all more aware of our impact on the environmen­t than ever.

“Our local community supports us by giving us the people that make up the team at Dunns so we believe that it is important to help and be active within it by returning wherever we can.

“When Lynn came to us with this idea we thought it was brilliant. We are very pleased to be able to support.”

Commenting on the partnershi­p with Dunns, founding volunteer of Share Alike, Annmarie Campbell, said: “We were

absolutely delighted when Lynn contacted us to discuss partnering to ensure that their surplus went to those in most need.

“With the current cost of living crisis and many still recovering financiall­y from the last few years, our numbers needing crisis support or weekly larder use have increased by a third.

“Our community cafe, where hot meals are distribute­d, has become a lifeline for many trying to reduce fuel and food costs.

“We could not do any of this work without the support from local firms like Dunns stepping up and ensuring our communitie­s work together.”

For more informatio­n on Dunns Food and Drinks, visit their website.

To find out more about the brilliant work of Share Alike and how you get involved, follow them on Facebook.

 ?? ?? Great idea Dunns have teamed up with Share Alike to alleviate food waste by donating leftover stock
Great idea Dunns have teamed up with Share Alike to alleviate food waste by donating leftover stock
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Backing Julie Dunn, the company’s operations director

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