A convenience store in Elderslie are collecting donations for Renfrewshire Foodbank as part of Challenge Poverty Week.

Locals Clare O’Neill and Elizabeth Mclnally, both aged 33 are the pair who are arranging the collection.

Clare, who is a customer services manager with First ScotRail, and NHS worker Elizabeth, from Johnstone, said they were inspired when bags of food donations were left at George Square, in Glasgow, last month.

Food donations George Square Glasgow
Food donations at George Square, in Glasgow

Elderslie woman Clare told local newspaper the Paisley Daily Express: “We’re not expecting anyone to donate bags and bags of food, although that would obviously be welcome.

“If we all work together, we can pick up an extra couple of tins or bags of pasta or a box of cereal and, before we know it, we’ll have plenty. It doesn’t need to cost a lot.

“Unfortunately, poverty is rife in Renfrewshire and there are a lot of people who are struggling to put food on their tables.”

They are being supported by the Jim’s Food and Wine store, in Stoddard Square, Elderslie, which will collect the donated items between 12th and 18th October for Renfrewshire Foodbank.

You can find out more about Challenge Poverty Week by visiting http://povertyalliance. org/challenge_poverty