Food bank’s thanks for festive donations

Mary Anne Stewart of Kintyre Food Bank, left, receives a donation from Jane McCallum of Loganair at Campbeltown Airport.
Mary Anne Stewart of Kintyre Food Bank, left, receives a donation from Jane McCallum of Loganair at Campbeltown Airport.

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The chairwoman of Kintyre Food Bank has spoken of the charity’s gratitude following many ‘very generous’ donations of essential items in the run-up to Christmas.

Mary Anne Stewart thanked all those who donated in recent weeks, too numerous to name individually, on behalf of the food bank committee and its clients.

Those donations included one from Southend Primary School, which contributed items as part of its silver Rights Respecting Schools project, and one from Loganair, the airline which services the Campbeltown to Glasgow route.

The airline used cash saved on in-flight catering due to Covid-19 pandemic safety restrictions to support people in several of its destination communities, delivering packages to food banks on Islay, Uist, Barra, Tiree, Stornoway, Orkney and Shetland, as well as in Campbeltown.

At the request of the various charities, a selection of toiletries – including shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and hand soap – were flown in last Monday, December 14. The quantities were enough for 75 people at each location.

Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: ‘Our usual in-flight catering had been cancelled due to Covid-19 and we tried to think what use we could make of the money saved to benefit our heartland communities at Christmas.

‘That was when our chief operations officer, Maurice Boyle, came up with the idea of supporting food banks closest to our destinations.

‘We asked the various food bank charities what they needed most at this time of year. The consensus was that toiletries would be welcome rather than edibles as they tended to be overlooked by donors, and we were pleased to help these very worthy causes.’

Kintyre Food Bank, based at Unit 3, Kintyre Industrial Estate, Albyn Road, usually operates a referral scheme but during the Covid-19 pandemic, no referral is needed.

Its regular opening hours are from 10.30am to 11.30am on Tuesdays and Fridays but it will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Southend Primary School pupils with their box for Kintyre Food Bank.
Southend Primary School pupils with their box for Kintyre Food Bank.