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Created by Ian Campbell

Clydesdale Food Bank

Registered Scottish Charity: SC045073


The Beginning:

The Clydesdale Food Bank was established following a proposal from the Carluke Parish Grouping to look at practical ways in which we could address the growing problem of food poverty within Clydesdale District. Statistics issued by the Scottish Government and South Lanarkshire Council highlighted the increasing number of families who were faced with the choice of paying household bills or buying food. Of particular concern were the reports of children going to bed hungry, and going to school hungry.


It was agreed that this was a problem that required to be addressed as a matter of urgency, and so it was agreed that a Food Bank be established to address this problem. The Food Bank began delivering food in 2013, and we have seen an increased demand for assistance each month.


We anticipate that 2015 will be our busiest year to date with 600 deliveries.


What Area Do We Serve:

It was agreed that we would cover the  former Clydesdale District, an area of some 520 square miles. To illustrate the extent of our operations, It extends from Leadhills in the South, to Douglas in the West, Forth in the East, and Law Village in the North.


We operate from a central base situated at 66 High Street, Carluke. This presented us with additional logistical problems in that it was not practical to expect our Clients to come to Carluke to receive food, due to limited bus services from outlying areas, and the time and costs involved.

To overcome this problem, we set up a number of Satellite Centres based in Douglas, Lesmahagow, Biggar, Carstairs Junction, and Forth. These Centres would be supplied with a stock of food and household packs which they would deliver to clients within their area, Lanark, Carluke, Braidwood and Law Village are serviced from our Base in Carluke by our dedicated team of volunteer drivers.


What Do We Supply:

Each Client receives a Food and Household Pack containing between 3 and 4 weeks supply of produce, dependant upon the size of the family the amount of food is adjusted.


The Food Pack includes cereals, pasta, tinned and cuppa soups, baked beans, tinned pasta, tinned potatoes, tinned vegetables, tuna, tinned hot and cold meat, UHT milk, diluting juice, pasta sauce, tinned tomatoes and biscuits.


The Household pack contains: porridge, dried rice, custard, tinned rice, tinned fruit, tea, coffee, sugar, ketchup, salt and pepper, and sauce for rice, together with cleaning materials such as bleach, washing up liquid, soap, cloths, paper kitchen towels and toilet rolls, a fresh Food pack containing bread, spread, cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables and cold meat completes the Food Pack.


Each client also receives a personal hygiene pack containing: deodorant, shampoo, shaving foam and razors, toothpaste and toothbrush.


Where do Our Donations Come From:

Food is received from many sources such as Churches, Schools, Youth Organizations, Clubs and Individuals.


We also receive support from Tesco, and Scot-mid, who have collection trolleys within their stores to receive food donations. We are also supported by several local businesses who supply surplus fresh food. Greggs Bakers and Ramsey Butchers. R.W.Scott ensure that we are kept fully supplied with jams and marmalade.


We also receive financial support from several sources which helps with the rental and utility costs for our premises, as well as the fresh food purchases.


Who is Eligible for Assistance and How to They Apply for Food:

Any person who is suffering from food poverty is eligible to receive assistance. We are non-judgemental, and every referral is treated in the strictest confidence.


To obtain assistance, the Client will require a referral from any of the established referral agencies within Clydesdale District. These agencies include: SLC Housing or Social Work Department, Clydesdale Housing, Citizens Advice Bureau, Money Matters, Healthy Valleys, Lanarkshire Association of Mental Health, Doctor or Health Visitor, any Minister of Religion, any Councillor, MP, or MSP.


Each of these agencies have our referral form on computer and e-mail the request to our base in Carluke. Delivery of food is within 24 hours of our receiving the referral.


In Conclusion:

While we would like to be able to report that demand for assistance is decreasing, this is sadly not the case, and Food Banks will be a part of our Community for some time.


We thank the people of Clydesdale for their ongoing support which is vital in our battle against food poverty.


Ronnie Muirhead - Trustee


CLYDESDALE FOOD BANK
Registered Scottish Charity: SC045073
ASSISTANCE PROVIDED TO DATE



End of March 2013 to December 2013

Number of Referrals: 244

Number of Food Packs issued: 447



Carluke, Law, Braidwood.
Lanark, Kirkfieldbank and Blue Triangle.
Biggar, Thankerton and Symington.
Douglas, Douglas Water, Rigside, Abington, Crawford.
Forth.
Lesmahagow, Coalburn, Blackwood, Kirkmuirhill.
Carstairs, Carstairs Junction, Carnwath.
New Beginnings

Total


163
133
24
15
32
42
21
81

448


January to December 2014
Number of Referrals: 544
Number of Food Packs issued: 928


Carluke, Law, Braidwood.
Lanark, Kirkfieldbank and Blue Triangle.
Biggar, Thankerton and Symington.
Douglas, Douglas Water, Rigside, Abington, Crawford.
Forth.
Lesmahagow, Coalburn, Blackwood, Kirkmuirhill.
Carstairs, Carstairs Junction, Carnwath.
New Beginnings

Total

308
313
20
67
55
77
57
31

928


January 2015 to End September 2015
Number of Referrals: 430
Number of Food Packs issued: 764


Carluke, Law, Braidwood.
Lanark, Kirkfieldbank and Blue Triangle.
Biggar, Thankerton and Symington.
Douglas, Douglas Water, Rigside, Abington, Crawford.
Forth.
Lesmahagow, Coalburn, Blackwood, Kirkmuirhill.
Carstairs, Carstairs Junction, Carnwath.
New Beginnings

Total

230
240
22
32
50
117
49
24

764





OVERALL FIGURES:

Total Number of Referrals:                  1218   

Total Number of Food Packs issued:   2140

Value of Food Distributed:                 60,400


Law Community Trust’s 2015 Christmas Donation to Clydesdale FoodBank for less fortunate young Boys in Clydesdale.

Law Community Trust’s 2015 Christmas Donation to Clydesdale FoodBank for less fortunate young Girls in Clydesdale.

Clydesdale Food Bank


Updated 2/12/2016: November was the busiest month ever at the Food Bank with 102 referrals, compared to 605 for the whole of 2015. We have lots of very generous donations which have been very much appreciated.


We will be collecting in Tesco Carluke tomorrow, Saturday 3rd December, so please look out for us there.


We are very short of coffee, cooking oil, pasta sauce, tinned carrots and shaving foam, too short to find any for a picture but you know what they look like!

Thank you to all who are filling advent boxes for us we look forward to seeing you when they are ready.



Please feel free to visit any day Monday to Friday between 10.00am and noon. Please hand in your kind Donations to:

Scot-Mid Ltd, 51-53 Station Road, Law, Or Clydesdale Food Bank, 66 High Street, Carluke. (Next door to Boots)