Food drive in Girvan is a major success

Organiser Andy McCrimmon with some of the donations
Organiser Andy McCrimmon with some of the donations

A group in Girvan held a very successful first food drive in the town on Saturday designed to help the town’s less fortunate residents.

Girvan For Independence, which has been growing in the wake of the independence referendum, held a two-hour food drive collection at Stumpy Tower on Saturday morning from 11am-1pm.

And the drive turned out to be a massive success with the inside of the revamped Stumpy Tower completely full of collections to help feed the needy.

The group had publicised the event on social media as well as around shop windows in the town after being inspired by the foodbank that popped up in Glasgow’s George Square last month as well as the one in Maybole’s Greenside.

The group are delighted to be helping the Trussell Trust’s South Parish Church foodbank which opens its doors three times a week to support local people who are in a crisis situation.

The group hope that the food drive collections at Stumpy will become a regular occurrence helped by the backing of the Girvan community.

Badges with the Girvan Independence logo on them were also sold at the food drive with all proceeds from the sales being donated to the Girvan Playgroup.

The collection didn’t end at 1pm with people allowed to donate their food items at the Marina Cafe on Saturday up until 9pm.

Girvan for Independence would like to thank everyone who donated and they are looking forward to working alongside other charities in the near future.

The foodbank at the South Parish Church in Girvan’s Henrietta Street operates on Monday’s from 10am-12pm, Friday’s 10am-12pm and Sunday afternoon’s from 1pm-3pm.

The Gazette reported last week on how a foodbank donation point had popped up in the Greenside area of Maybole which allowed people to donate food iteams such as tins, cereals and biscuits to help out Maybole’s foodbank point which is based at the Carrick centre.