Packing a parcel for those in need

PEOPLE in crisis have been handed a lifeline thanks to a new foodbank for Eastwood.

The foodbank, housed in the Thornliebank Resource Centre, is staffed by adults with additional support needs.

It opened its doors this week and kind-hearted service users at the centre are already making up food parcels in anticipation of demand.

The idea to set up a foodbank distribution and collection centre came from the centre’s service users after they arranged a collection of food and toiletries for the East Ren foodbank, based in Barrhead, last year.

The committed group wanted to help people in crisis in the long term and suggested setting up a branch of the East Ren foodbank in their resource centre which would more easily reach people in need on the Eastwood side of the authority.

Main organiser Ken Trench told The Extra: ““East Renfrewshire foodbank is delighted to be launching another outlet to distribute food to people who find themselves in hardship and in need of food.

“For many in the Thornliebank, Giffnock and Eastwood areas transport to the existing foodbank in Barrhead was a difficulty.

“ Clients and staff of Thornliebank Resource Centre have answered the call to help local people in crisis.

“With the support of existing volunteers of East Renfrewshire foodbank, we hope to meet the needs of East Renfrewshire in a more effective way.”

The food welcome centre will be open for those who need a three-day emergency food parcel 12.30-2.30pm every Thursday at Thornliebank Resource Centre on Robslee Drive.

Donations of food and toiletries are welcomed any time from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday.

Users can access the service for up to six weeks. Food parcel vouchers can be obtained from local GPs, social work offices and schools.

Thornliebank Resource Centre is run by East Renfrewshire CHCP. It provides support for around 40 people with learning disabilities from across East Renfrewshire.