ASDA policy change could help to raise our profile, say Glenrothes foodbank volunteers

Glenrothes Foodbank staff, from left, volunteer Margaret Russell, project manager Jilly Guild, Sandra Cathro and Lilian Jones, both volunteers/trustees.
Glenrothes Foodbank staff, from left, volunteer Margaret Russell, project manager Jilly Guild, Sandra Cathro and Lilian Jones, both volunteers/trustees.
  • Foodbank in store
  • Good relations
  • Changes could benefit

Glenrothes Foodbank reckons changes by Asda to its in-store charity help network may assist the foodbank in playing an even more effective role.

The supermarket giant announced last week it was reinstating unmanned collection points in stores across the UK – having controversially pulled them – and also inviting foodbank representatives to come in to stores and chat face-to-face with customers who wanted to make donations, explaining exactly where their contributions would go.

We could make it even more successful.

Jilly Guild

Project manager at Glenrothes Foodbank, Jilly Guild, said it enjoyed a very good liaison with the Fullerton Road branch of Asda and its community champion, Avril Dullea.

Representatives would be in the Glenrothes store every month, or couple of months, explained Jilly, and could display a banner while giving out leaflets and information about the foodbank, details on how many people it helped, and ‘shopping lists’ with the most appropriate or urgently needed items of food for people to donate.

“We could make it even more successful if we publicise it properly on social media and our Facebook page,” she added. If we do that, we can tailor it appropriately.”

The team also hopes to begin car boot sales at the end of Arpil, – while it was hoped also to stage an official open day in mid-May, to mark the foodbank’s gaining of proper charitable status.