Act of charity: Burns supper in Hyndland raises £1,000 cash for Whiteinch Foodbank

By Ian Marland at

Money raised by guests at a Burns Supper in the West End has gone to needy families and asylum seekers in the area.

A cheque for £1,000* has been passed to Whiteinch Foodbank on South Street that helps hundreds of households every year.

The money will be used to top up food stocks at the facility to ensure people continue to get support when they need it.

The cash was raised from a raffle at an event in January organised by the Hyndland Burns Supper Committee.

Generous: The money was raised by guests at the supper in January.

Rev Alan McWilliam is the chair of Whiteinch Transformation, the charity that runs the foodbank.

“I just want to express the Whiteinhch Foodbank’s appreciation of the gift that has been given.

“It is not possible for us to function as a local foodbank without these kind of donations coming to us at different points throughout the year.”

He said: “The supply of food that comes to us doesn’t always match up with the amount that is required by people who are using the service.

“So we often have to top up the foodbank itself with shopping, and so this money allows us to stock up when we hit particular low points.”

He added: “The ongoing support of local communities really does make a huge difference as we try to deal with food poverty in Glasgow.”

Venue: The Burns event takes place in the community hall on Novar Drive.

Whiteinch Foodbank, which opened four years ago, is a drop-in service and is independent of the Trussell Trust, the charity that operates a number of foodbanks in Scotland.

The facility – which runs from Barclay Curle House on Sunday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm – helps an estimated 750 households every year.

Rev Alan McWilliam, chair of Whiteinch Transformation:

“I just want to express the Whiteinhch Foodbank’s appreciation of the gift that has been given.

“It is not possible for us to function as a local foodbank without these kind of donations coming to us at different points throughout the year.”

Iain Hutchinson and his wife Rebecca are the foodbank co-ordinators.

Iain told Glasgow West End Today: “We are incredibly grateful to the Hyndland Burns Supper Committee for their very generous donation to Whiteinch Foodbank.

“We regularly top up the stock of our most popular items by doing bulk shopping.

“This donation will allow us the financial security to keep our shelves well stocked this year, and confidence that we will never run out of food even in our busiest seasons.

“From all of the team at Whiteinch Foodbank, a big thank you.”

A spokeswoman for Hyndland Burns Supper Committee said: “We would like to thank supporters and donors for making this a very special night and for contributing so generously to the Whiteinch Foodbank.”

* Figure has been amended to £1,000 after publication in light of new information from the Hyndland Burns Supper Committee.