Here is an introduction to our project.
In response to a very real need within our local community, Calton Parkhead Church signed an agreement with Trussell Trust to operate Glasgow NE Foodbank .In July 2013, we held our first Board meeting with members from the church and the local area.
Three months later the church opened its doors three afternoons per week. . By mid 2014 we had organised 3 supermarket collections, received one (huge) collection from a Celtic game, opened 4 new centres, held 5 training sessions for new volunteers and started a part-time coordinator. The coordinator’s post was funded by the Celtic Foundation on a two year basis.
One of our first clients was a man who had lost everything – his business, his house, his family – he did not have enough to feed his two children when they came to his flat at the weekend. At one point he lived for over a week on a can of beans a day and had lost over two stones in weight. He got advice from the CAB adviser and came three times for a 3 days of food. The whole experience was a turning point in restoring his dignity and reviving hope. His is just one of the many human stories behind the headline : over 53.000 meals provided by Glasgow NE Foodbank.
So far, Glasgow NE Foodbanks have been able to successfully provide 3445kgs of food to members of the community in need.
Below is a list of distribution figures for each of our centres:
Blairtummock 3168kg to 540 people
Bridgeton St Frances in the East 2176kg to 332 people
Calton Parkhead Parish Church 19415kg to 3167 people
Riddrie – St Enochs 1524kg to 265 people
Sandyhills Parish Church 2824kg to 491 people
Shettleston Foodbank 4685kg to 736 people
As well as the invaluable assistance from Celtic FC Foundation, we also receive generous support from a variety of donors, including Celtic supporters, Asda Parkhead, Asda Robroyston, churches, offices, schools and individuals.
Celtic FC Foundation also support the foodbank by funding the Coordinators salary and facilitating food drives before football matches at their Parkhead Stadium. Support from organisations also comes in the form of corporate volunteering. Many organisations allow groups of employees to spend a day volunteering at the main foodbank or on food drives.
We also receive support from Parkhead Housing Association who provide payroll services and some operational support, Wincanton who provide the storage container, Intelligent Car Leasing who provide our van, Calton Parkhead Parish Church provide us with not only storage space but office space, internet access and free utilities. We are also privileged to have the support of the other organisations to run our outreach centres. We are very fortunate to have so many generous and helpful donor and