An East Kilbride foodbank has been thrown a lifeline with a £20k donation from former Rolls-Royce workers.
Loaves and Fishes – based in Kelvin Industrial Estate – will use the huge cash boost to buy vital food supplies.
They say demand is rocketing from families struggling to make ends meet, handing out a minimum of 100 emergency parcels a week.
The Rolls-Royce donation came from the shop stewards fund – which was made -up of workers donations.
Over 500 workers – primarily those previously based in East Kilbride before the plant was mothballed and staff transferred to Inchinnan – recently lost their jobs.
Chairman of Loaves and Fishes, Denis Curran MBE, told the News he and everyone at the charity were “overwhelmed” by the generosity of the Rolls-Royce workers.
He said: “For a charity of our size this will have a tremendously positive impact on us.
“We could not be more grateful that despite being in, what is a dire situation personally, these amazing people still wanted to help their community.
“This is money from people who have lost their jobs but are still thinking of others in an awful situation – I don’t have enough words to explain our gratitude.
“All I can say is thank you Rolls-Royce, on behalf of Loaves and Fishes and the community of East Kilbride.
“Thank you for all the years of support you have given to those in need. “
And Denis said the donation can’t come at a better time.
“This is a lifeline for us – we are spending so much money on buying food and our supplies are being hit hard with demand continuing to rise,” he added.
“People that come to us find themselves in a situation they can’t cope with. What kind of situation is it to be in 2020 where children are going to bed hungry?”
And pupils at Greenhills Primary and other schools in the area also rallied round recently to organise a huge collection of food and other items to help the charity.
Primary four and five pupils demonstrated excellent enterprise skills by co-ordinating the whole school collection of items for the Loaves and Fishes charity.
And as well as arranging the collection of items the children also considered the importance of supporting such a worthwhile charity.
One pupil said: “Thinking of others made me feel helpful because we are sharing and helping others.”
Elaine Johnston, Head Teacher said: “We are extremely proud of our whole school community in supporting primary 4/5 in their quest to help others and would like to thank everyone for their donations.”
Loaves & Fishes has been established for over 20 years who support people in the community.
They depend entirely on donations to help people in need by providing food parcels, toiletries and a sit down meal.