A local newsagent has set up a collection point in his shop after being inundated with customers wanting to donate items for the town’s foodbank.
Nad Ramzan who owns the HMR store in Napier Road, said he contacted his local councillor because of the number of people who asked if they could leave food with him.
“We’ve wanted to do something to help the foodbank project ever since we heard about it and with so many people coming into the shop asking about where they could take donations and food parcels it seemed the logical solution would be to set up a collection point in the store,” explained Nad.
“We had a chat with Councillor Brown who thought it was an excellent idea and one the foodbank organisers would appreciate.
“It’s sad to think we need a foodbank in this day and age but we just wanted to help and do whatever we could,” he added.
Councillor Brown thanked Gazette readers after they responded to an appeal for more donations to be made to support the Glenrothes Foodbank project after it was revealed food stocks had diminished to a “critical level”.
But he said there is more to be done to keep stocks at a safe level.
“There’s been a great response from the public but we need to keep that going, having people like Nad putting collection points in stores show the depth of feeling about the issues and gives people a much welcomed location in which they can leave their donations,” said Mr Brown.
“Leslie Library also has a collection box with Glenwood and Rothes Hall libraries having boxes delivered in the next week.
“Fife College, banks and churches are all collection points for Glenrothes Foodbank.
“Any other business who would like to have collection boxes just need to get in touch with the Foodbank at the Saltire centre,” he added.
And the councillor is urging the public to continue to support the town’s foodbank in whatever way they can.
“Although many of the boxes in the Foodbank are full or half full - there is only enough food for about two weeks - so we need to make sure that we all buy an extra item or two and hand it into one of the collection points,” said Mr Brown.
Residents can now take food parcels and donations to the store any day of the week.