Cans Films Festival restocks food bank shelves

Mhairi Hendrie from Campbeltown Picture House, centre, dropping off a delivery of donated items to Mary Anne Stewart, left, and Mhairi Reid, right, at Kintyre Food Bank.
Mhairi Hendrie from Campbeltown Picture House, centre, dropping off a delivery of donated items to Mary Anne Stewart, left, and Mhairi Reid, right, at Kintyre Food Bank.

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Kintyre Food Bank’s shelves have been restocked thanks to the second instalment of Campbeltown Picture House’s Cans Film Festival.

During the event, with its name inspired by the world-famous Cannes Film Festival, cinema-goers exchange items for the food bank for tickets to a series of special film screenings.

Throughout March, musical fans swapped an estimated 50 to 60 carrier bags’ worth of tins of food, packets of dried goods, toiletries, treats and more for seats at screenings of The Greatest Showman, The Wizard of Oz, Encanto and Dirty Dancing.

The inaugural Cans Film Festival, held in February 2020, was so successful there were plans to make it an annual event but this was disrupted by the Covid pandemic.

The 2022 festival was possible thanks to funding from the CalMac Community Fund, which aims to benefit the lives of people living across the west coast ferry network by helping groups working to address mental health, well-being and social isolation issues.

Mhairi Hendrie from Campbeltown Picture House said: ‘I’d like to say a huge thank you to the more than 300 people who attended the screenings.

‘Thanks to CalMac for generously sponsoring the screenings, enabling us to make four huge donations to Kintyre Food Bank on behalf of everyone who attended.

‘We’re hoping to make it a regular event every year.’

Mary Anne Stewart, chairperson of Kintyre Food Bank, added: ‘On behalf of myself, my committee and clients, I’d like to say how grateful we are for the huge generosity of the people who gave items during the festival, particularly at this time of ever-increasing crises.

‘It is great to have a donation like that at a time when the food bank is getting so much busier.’