Charity donations helped families over Christmas
CHARITIES and community groups across Scotland saw an uplift in produce donations thanks to the Scottish Grocer Christmas Food Collection held in association with FareShare.
Along with a collection by the team at Scottish Grocer – organised by magazine assistant advertising manager Stephen Connelly – UK-wide brands from across the channel made contributions, helping to add to the charitable efforts.
They included Soreen, Swizzels Matlow and Fox’s Burton’s Companies, as well as Scottish food brands such as Fleming Howden, Hamlyns of Scotland, Taylors Snacks, Tunnock’s and Dean’s.
Connelly said: “Through our Christmas Food Collection, in association with FareShare, we hope that the generosity from our brand partners and work colleagues made a world of difference for those in need during the Christmas season.”
Along with this, The James Hutton Institute, leading potato research centre, donated 932 bags of locally grown potatoes to the food surplus charity, which was taken to FareShare’s regional centres in Aberdeen, Alness, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow to be shared with communities in need over the Christmas season.
Clare O’Keefe, commercial officer for Scotland at FareShare, said: “We’re extremely grateful to the Scottish Grocer and each of the organisations that donated to the Christmas Food collection.
“We are experiencing an increasing demand for food, and expect it to continue. These donations were distributed to charities and community groups across Scotland, and helped support people who were struggling to make ends meet.”