‘Overwhelming’ food bank donations after appeal

Local food bank co-ordinators have praised the public for efforts to bring food stocks up from a “worrying level” following an appeal online and in the Gazette last week.

Stocks of the Machars Basics Bank last week reached a dangerous level, leaving organisers fearing the worst in the run up to Christmas.

But after an appeal was launched by the bank, a donation of £500 from Newton Stewart and District Round Table as well as bags of items donated by the public have seen the shelves stacked once again.

Co-ordinator Marlane Cash said: “Following the appeal we were overwhelmed by the level of support from the general public and church congregations .

“The amount of food donations we received last week was tremendous, as a result of which our food stocks are now at a healthy level once again which will enable us to satisfy the current increase in demands and assist those people who desperately need food.

“Our sincere thanks to all who have donated in the past,those who responded to our current appeal in the past week and those who will continue to do so in the future .

“Without your help and generosity we could not support the people in our town and surrounding villages for whom the provision of food is vital.

“We would also like to thank the Round Table for their generous monetary donation which we were delighted to receive last week.”

Donation points can be found in shops and churches around the Machars.