Paisley Tannahill SNP branch has collected donations from its members and from the public to help Renfrewshire foodbank.
Sometimes this is raised at stalls in Paisley High Street or, as in this case, at a regular branch meeting in Martyrs’ Church Hall, Paisley.
At the December meeting of the branch, members were asked to bring along a donation to help the foodbank and the response was excellent, with three cars filled up with foods and seasonal treats for those who rely on donations at this time of year.
Paisley Tannahill SNP Branch Convenor Margaret Dymond, said: “We try to support our local foodbank as much as we can and decided that our December meeting would be focussed on members bringing in donations.
“We always like to help our local foodbank and last month decided that we would as all members to bring along a donation to help support the foodbank.
“We also asked members to bring in some seasonal treats such as selection boxes as well as the staple foods required by Renfrewshire foodbank. It was also important to us to make sure we raised the right products so we checked with the foodbank to see what items they were most in need of, and passed this information to all of our 500+ members.”
Branch Organiser, Cllr Will Mylet added: “It is a disgrace that in a rich country like Scotland we have an increasing number of families relying on foodbanks. This is a direct result of the austerity measures of successive UK Governments.
“While there is a need for foodbanks we will do what we can to support them but we will also campaign for an independent Scotland, with a fairer economy and stronger welfare system that does not punish those in need – as the UK system clearly does.”