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On Arran there is a real sense of care in the community with a wide range of services for those who may need just that extra bit of help.
Whether it is hand from the food bank, the chance to get outdoors or getting out to meet new friends there is a wealth of choice available.
Arran people too repeatedly show how generous they are in their donations to a wide range of charities – even when they are doing their shopping at the island’s Co-op stores.
The Arran Churches Together food bank at Brodick Church is available for anyone to make use of 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The food bank is located inside the main entrance to Brodick Church and anyone who is in need, can simply pop in and discreetly help themselves to food as needed at any time of the day or night. A team check the shelves and re-stock daily and there are emergency numbers to call should stock run low at any point. Social Services also use the food bank as and when they need to.
The Kind Arran Reverse Advent Campaign, highlighted last month by the Banner, is also providing assistance to those in need by delivering Christmas boxes to local families who could do with a little extra help at this festive time.
Once again too, through the generous help of the Co-op who have donated food vouchers, the food bank will to deliver Christmas diners to many who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford one.
Further help is available through the fuel fund which will be used to ensure those experiencing fuel poverty, or facing a choice of eating or staying warm, will receive a delivery of either coal, logs or an electricity top up. This will be repeated again at the beginning of February.
During the past year every single item donated has been used by people on Arran and not a single item was sent off the island. There is a real need and constant demand for the food bank which faces a constant struggle to keep the shelves stocked, not so much at Christmas time – when people are feeling generous – but during the rest of the year.
If you feel like the food bank is a worthwhile cause that you would like to support, donations of food can either be left inside Brodick Church or in the basket provided in the Brodick Co-op. Donations towards fuel and the purchase of food as required, can be made payable to Arran Churches Together and sent to the treasurer, Mrs Jean Hunter at Shiskine Manse.
The Brodick food bank stocks a variety of food and toiletries and includes a fridge freezer with meat products. 01_B50food01
Christmas boxes at the Brodick food bank a ready to be delivered. 01_B5ofood02