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By Hugh Boag
An urgent appeal is being made to stop the Arran foodbank running out of supplies this year.
For the past two winters the Brodick based service, which is used all year round, has run out of food at this crucial time. Now an island charity is urging residents to think of those less well off in the run up to Christmas.
Throughout November and early December the Arran Community and Voluntary Service (ACVS) are reaching out to the people, businesses and organisations to help support the local foodbank with their Kind Arran Reverse Advent Campaign.
The campaign involves giving something each day into a reverse advent box. Simply place an everyday item of foodstuff or goods in your box each weekday for 25 days. The plan is that after 25 days you will have a Christmas hamper that is ready to be donated to the foodbank. All the food donated is currently used on Arran.
ACVS have compiled a list of the best items to donate which includes tinned meat and fish and pasta sauces and anything else with a long shelf-life. They are also suggesting treat such as selection boxes, Christmas biscuits, nuts and sweeties.
They also have nicely wrapped boxes for people to collect, or you can get creative and make your own. These boxes can be collected from the ACVS office in Lamlash and filled boxes can be returned by Friday December 15, in order to be handed to the foodbank well before Christmas.
ACVS chief executive officer Vicki Yuill said: ‘Island life comes with a higher cost of living, winter on Arran may offer less working opportunities for some and many experience a seasonal or reduced income. High rental for accommodation costs and additional heating costs may increase the pressure on individuals and families who are already struggling to afford food. With the Kind Arran Reverse Advent Campaign, ACVS hope that some of the financial pressures, on those experiencing difficulties, can be alleviated.’
Arran Churches Together who run the foodbank have found there is an increased demand for supplies at Christmas time. The local foodbank has been running for three years and all items go to help local community residents in need. Over the last two winters the foodbank has run out of food and through this campaign they would like to help prevent this from occurring again this year. The foodbank at Brodick Church in Knowe Road is open to all.
Already nearly 20 people have already signed up on social media to take part in the campaign and a couple of boxes have already been returned. Anyone interested can visit the ACVS Facebook page where advice on what to give and daily updates with pictures of peoples hampers can be seen. You can also add your own pictures of your hamper if you include the #kindarran17 hashtag to your posts.
Further information on the campaign can be received by contacting ACVS on 01770 600611.
The AVCS team Bobbi Mulholland, Sophie Clark, Carol Kane and Lorraine Hewie have been busy decorating boxes for the reverse advent appeal. 01_B45advent01