Food bank thanks public for overwhelming response

A local food bank made over 450 deliveries as a result of an appeal earlier this month which was supported by the Galloway Gazette.

Machars Basics Bank co-ordinator Marlane Cash said that the bank issued an appeal for food when its stocks were depleted and there was concern that it would not have enough food to satisfy the needs of the people who ask for help.

Marlane said: “We were absolutely staggered and overwhelmed when, as a direct result of that appeal, we received so much food that we were able to deliver 451 bags of food to 74 adults and 56 children who live in our area, over the festive period.

“Thank you so much to everyone who through their generosity, helped to make this possible and who without a doubt made a difference in the lives of the recipients of food this Christmas.

“We would also like to thank the Newton Stewart Round Table who donated £500, The League of Friends who donated £200 and the Sainsbury store in Newton Stewart, especially Craig and Duncan, who donated food to the value of £300.

“The support that we receive from the church congregations, general public and various local organisations is so important in enabling us to continue to help the most vulnerable in our society and we sincerely thank you on their behalf.

“May we take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year.”