Our Food for Scotland Project distributes plant-based meals to the homeless and low-income people in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire. It has been particularly important during the coronavirus pandemic, once these vulnerable groups have received good quality hot meals. It boosts immunity and ensures they have food which has been safely prepared and distributed (i.e. reducing their risk of contact with the virus).
As such, the crisis has seen the project coming into high demand and the team have been working their socks off to increase the numbers of plates. We have been distributing circa 200 plates per week every week since then. During the peak of COVID-19 crisis, this number reached 1,500 per week! What’s more, between May and December 2020, in co-operation with partner charities, we distributed over 15,000 plates! And have set up a ‘meals on wheels’ service delivering hot food to people in local villages.
Supporting us in our endeavours, we are very grateful to the ‘Scottish Government’ for their grant of £35,000 from the Wellbeing Fund, and we would like to thank ‘Scottish Council’ for Voluntary Organisations and Inspiring Scotland for their part in this award. We are very grateful to have received a £5,000 grant from the National Lottery’s National Lottery Awards for All Scotland funding programme. We are very grateful to ‘Faith in Community Scotland‘ for their grant, and to Interfaith Scotland for their kind donation.
We also would like to say thank you to all those involved for working hard, in particular to Ramunas, for securing the grants, to Ian, one of our residents, for cooking the food, and to David, Rory and Colin for delivering the food. We are also very grateful to have been confirmed as a partner to Lidl’s ‘Teaming up to Tackle Hunger‘ campaign at their Hamilton Muir St store, and we would like to thank TESCO Lesmahagow, Belshill, and Wishaw for donating food via the FareShare scheme, our partner charities for distributing the food.: ‘The Marie Trust’, ‘Help for the Homeless’, ´The Homeless Project Scotland´, ´Glasgow Night Shelter’, ‘B.J.O. Amara Association’, ‘Blue Triangle’, ‘Wallace of Campsie House’, ‘Hillcrest Futures’ and ‘Streetsmart’.
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