Kind hearted bosses at a local taxi firm are offering all schools in Johnstone a free delivery service for donations made to Renfrewshire Foodbank.

Johnstone TOA, a private-hire taxi firm based at Johnstone railway station, has been working closely with Renfrewshire Foodbank since March and offers a number of free services in support of the charity.
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This includes a free customer delivery service and free transport for Renfrewshire Foodbank volunteers living in the Johnstone area.

Renfrewshire Foodbank, which provides emergency food parcels for Renfrewshire people struggling to make ends meet, has experienced a dramatic rise its services over the past couple of years.

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From left Roslyn McVeigh and Debbie Anderson

The additional service provided by Johnstone TOA is designed to encourage schools in Johnstone to consider Renfrewshire Foodbank in its fundraising activities.

Debbie Anderson, general manager at Johnstone TOA, said: “We are delighted to continue and increase our support for Renfrewshire Foodbank and hope schools in Johnstone take full advantage of our free school delivery service.

“Transporting food supplies from Johnstone to the charity’s warehouse in Paisley can be off-putting to some schools. Therefore, we decided to introduce a free service which makes it easier for schools to donate much needed food supplies.”

Wallace Primary in Elderslie has used the free service twice and would encourage other schools to get involved.

Susan Carlton, head teacher at Wallace Primary, said: “The free delivery service provided by Johnstone TOA is a marvellous idea and makes the process of donating food supplies a simple one. I would encourage other schools in the area to get on board. I would also like to say a big thank-you to all the pupils and parents, once again we have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of all food and cash donations.”

Roslyn McVeigh, manager at Renfrewshire Foodbank, added: “I would like to give my warmest thanks to everyone at Johnstone TOA, their support over the past eight months has been truly fantastic.

“We greatly appreciate the efforts of Debbie and the team in raising awareness of our services and hope the schools in Johnstone make full use of this free delivery service.”

Johnstone TOA
Drivers on hand to pick up donations

Anyone wishing to donate to the food bank are asked to take their bags to the warehouse, not the distribution centres. For more details on how to donate

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