Banchory shop sees MSP support at foodbank day

editorial image

Local MSP Dennis Robertson visited Tesco in Banchory last week to participate in the South Aberdeenshire Foodbank (ASFB) collection.

Volunteers were at hand in the supermarket on Thursday July 3 to help shoppers by providing information and explaining immediate needs.

This was the ASFB’s third experience of nationwide supermarket collection.

The Tesco store provided publicity, leaflets, and staff to help volunteers collect food, such as dried milk, long life juice and mashed potato.

Don Morrison, project manager of ASFB said: “We were humbled by the generosity of so many shoppers, who were happy to work from our suggested ‘shopping list’ and contribute either individual items or several bags of non-perishable food.”

“We collected a staggering amount of food – over 1200 kg – and are extremely grateful to Tesco for all their co-operation and support.”

Dennis Robertson, MSP for Aberdeenshire West (SNP) He took time to go round the supermarket, with his guide dog, Mr Q, and shop for food, which he donated to the foodbank.

Based in Banchory ASFB works on a voucher system. Those in a crisis situation, for whatever reason, and who have no money for food to feed themselves or their families, are urged to contact their local frontline services who can provide them with a voucher, which can be exchanged for three days’ worth of food.