East Kilbride News
Food firm wastes no time in helping out
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.