Kirkcaldy Foodbank has been given a helping hand over the last week as Kirkcaldy high school pupils helped with a donation drive at Asda.
A total of 54 pupils from Viewforth, St Andrew’s, Kirkcaldy and Balwearie High Schools helped pack customers’ bags at the checkouts over the weekend in exchange for a foodbank donation.
And after the contributions were gathered a team of volunteers from Lloyds TSB in Rosyth helped unload them at the charity’s HQ in Dysart.
The pupils worked throughout the morning and afternoon in one or two hour shifts and organiser Angela Campbell was quick to priase them, saying: “I believe this is the first time that all four schools have come together to take part in a charity event – and this one is most certainly worthwhile.”
Customers and employees alike were impressed by the courteous and friendly help offered by the pupils. Checkout operator Robina Moakes said: “The two young ladies on my checkout did an excellent job and worked hard for the donations they earned.”
The pupils’ efforts were supported by foodbank volunteers who distributed information leaflets and answered questions. “I was impressed by the generosity of shoppers in Asda,” said volunteer organiser Brigette Sweeney, “and I feel that this weekend’s event has helped to raise awareness of the need that exists in Kirkcaldy.”
The weekend’s fundraising effort resulted in substantial donations of food and just over £1000 in cash.
With the weekend over a team of five test analysts from Lloyds TSB in Rosyth took part in the bank’s ‘Day To Make A Difference’ campaign and spent the whole day as foodbank volunteers.
Kenny Kerr said: “The bank encourages the team to participate in a local event. We chose the Kirkcaldy Foodbank because it’s an issue that was repeatedly raised during the referendum and unfortunately they seem to be on the increase.
“I’m friends with Aphra Wilson of Spaghetti Tattoos in Kirkcaldy who has collected for the foodbank herself so I was inspired to get in touch.”
The group of five spent the morning working with other volunteers at the foodbank, which has been in operation since last December, unloading a large delivery of food then after lunch worked on putting together food parcels.
Kenny said the group enjoyed the experience and are now aiming to hold a collection through their branch at Christmas.
You can make a donation of dried goods (tinned meat, veg, fruit etc.) at any time at the collection stations in Asda, Sainsbury’s or Tesco as well as at the Adam Smith Theatre.
Visit the Kirkcaldy Foodbank website at www.kirkcaldyfoodbank.org.uk.