Our foodbank was set up by a group of people representing local churches of all denominations who wanted to help all those in need in our local community. Originally the local churches were in Larkhall but they included St. John’s in Blackwood which is twinned with St. Mary’s in Larkhall. Our family of churches now also includes Strathaven Evangelical Church and St. Ninian’s Stonehouse.
We chose the name Clyde, Avon and Nethan Foodbank to encompass a larger area than just Larkhall because we thought that there might be a need in other towns near Larkhall and indeed we have had people coming to us from Stonehouse, Strathaven, Lesmahagow, Blackwood, Ashgill and Netherburn as well as Larkhall.
Since it opened in October, 2013, the foodbank has been very generously supported both by gifts of food as well as financial donations from the community at large and local businesses. We have also received grants from the Church of Scotland and other public organisations. In the summer of 2017, the foodbank was given the Larkhall Co-op’s Community Cash Back Award. We are very grateful for all this support.
We very much appreciate the local stores which have baskets for the foodbank located in their stores enabling shoppers to make donations whilst doing their own regular shopping. These stores are Larkhall Co-op, Asda Larkhall, Tesco Lesmahagow and Sainsbury’s Strathaven.
We never cease to be amazed by the generosity of churches, schools, local businesses, individual members of the public and large organisations whose donations are helping people in crisis in our community. Thank you all very much.
Our foodbank comes under the umbrella of a national charity, the Trussell Trust and, as such, we are able to participate in the Tesco National Collection at the beginning of December each year. After the collection, we are always very well stocked and December 2017 was no different. We especially thank all the Tesco customers and staff for helping us to give a good Christmas to all those in need who came to the foodbank.
We were so pleased to receive donations of Easter Eggs from various sources because these donations enabled us to include Easter Eggs in food parcels to families whose children might not otherwise have received an Easter Egg. Thank you all very much.
Of course the foodbank could not operate without our wonderful volunteers who kindly give their time on a regular basis to carry out the various tasks required to keep the foodbank running smoothly. A big thank you to all of them.
Are You in Crisis?
If you feel you are in a crisis situation unable to feed yourself/your family, the foodbank can help. To obtain food from the foodbank, a voucher is required from a referring agency. Some of the agencies who work in partnership with the foodbank are Social Work, Money Matters, Citizens’ Advice Bureau. Once you have a voucher, all you need to do is bring it to the foodbank where we will be happy to help you/your family.
If you need further advice on attending the foodbank, we can be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 07591 104027.
We pray that God will bless you all – both those who give and those who receive.