Food bank to open in Girvan

A FOOD bank to help those struggling financially is to open at the South Parish Church in Girvan on Monday.

On Mondays and Fridays from 10am to 12pm the food bank will be run by trained local volunteers, who will also offer tea and chat, and stocked via voluntary donations from the community. The food will be available through a voucher system, which will see doctors, social workers, job centres, and other healthcare professionals issuing vouchers to those in need that can be exchanged for a box of non-perishable food items - the size of which will depend on the size of the family.

Boxes for donations will be available in local churches throughout the year, and volunteers will also be collecting for the food bank at the Co-op and Asda in Girvan on Friday and on August 10 respectively.

They will also be happy to answer any questions about the project, which is already operating in other parts of South Ayrshire.

Rev Ian McLachlan of South Parish Church said: “It may seem rather hard to believe that in 2012 there are some people living in this part of the country who on occasions are finding it difficult to feed themselves or their families.

“In this rather worrying economic climate that we are living in today, people can suddenly face a crisis - like redundancy or a bill they are not expecting – which can make their lives very difficult.