THE enthusiasm and hard work of fundraisers at St Mungo’s Church in Alexandria has inspired Balmaha’s Liz Bates to encourage neighbours and folks from nearby villages to contribute to Lomond Foodbank.
“I started spreading the word at Buchanan Church and already had some donations to get things rolling – but there’s many more people in the area who I’m sure would be keen to donate,” explains Liz who is happy for folks to drop food and household goods off at her home in Balmaha. And for those who would like to donate but find it awkward to drop stuff off, Liz is happy to collect. She delivers the donations to St Mungo’s each week for the foodbank to distribute on Tuesday mornings.
While the foodbank is thankful for any donations, it can’t accept mouldy goods, rusty or damaged tins/packs or items that have been opened. Perishables are not really practical either, as the foodbank distributes once a week.
And while some recent ‘sell by’ dates aren’t a problem the foodbank can’t distribute further out of date items. G63’s advice would be if you wouldn’t feed it to your own family, then please don’t expect someone else to eat it…so please pay attention to expiry dates when raiding your cupboard!
“Items like porridge and cereal are great – as are tins and dried products. It’s even better if the donations can work together to make a meal,” says Liz pointing out a packet of pasta and jar of sauce as a thoughtful donation.
• To drop off a donation for the foodbank – are arrange for collection – call Liz on 01360 870346.