Glasgow NW team collecting donations
at Celtic Park
The Glasgow NW Foodbank is facilitated by Blawarthill Church. It was launched in May 2013 and is part of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network. While Glasgow is a modern, vibrant city with many attractions, it has inherited a legacy of poverty and social deprivation from its industrial past. Our church is situated in one of the most economically deprived areas of Scotland according to Government census statistics. The Foodbank was begun by members and friends of the congregation, some of whom had personal experience of food poverty, who wished to help others facing the same challenges today.
We employ two part-time Project Managers, who are aided by over forty regular volunteers. The Foodbank relies on donations of food and money from members of the public. Last year (2018) saw an 11% increase in demand for services. During the year, the Foodbank purchased 10.2 tonnes (14%) of the food, toiletries and cleaning products that it urgently required. 46.6% was donated by customers in supermarkets. From an agreement between Tesco and the Trussell Trust, the Foodbank receives a 20% top-up. In all, 72.5 tonnes of products were donated by 99 recorded donors - these include churches, nurseries, schools, colleges, universities, companies, clubs, NHS staff, prison staff, banks, bands, football fans and individuals.
Glasgow NW Foodbank had 4661 referrals in 2018, a 9% increase from the previous year. This led to 6,316 three-day food parcels being given out during the year, equating to 89,361 meals in total; an 11% increase over the previous year.
As well as the main administration and distribution centre at Blawarthill, which is open to clients Tuesdays and Fridays from 12 noon to 2.00 p.m., we have two satellite distribution centres in the Maryhill district, at Gairbraid Parish Church (open Mondays) and Ruchill Kelvinside Parish Church (open Thursdays). We speak to all our clients in order to get to know their personal situation, including finding out the main reason that they have been referred to the Foodbank. This helps us to signpost clients to other support services that will assist them to escape the Poverty Trap, and to alert official agencies to the reasons why people need to use foodbanks.
How can I help?
You can help the Foodbank, either at Blawarthill or in one of our distribution centres at Maryhill, by volunteering as much time as you are able to give.
You can make a money donation through the Foodbank's web page - just click the Foodbank icon below.
You can email the Foodbank manager by clicking one of the buttons below.