Kirkintilloch’s first food bank on the way thanks to minister and publican

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A food bank is set to deliver much-needed help for those hit the hardest by the ongoing economic crisis.

Members of Harestane’s Baptist Church and drinkers at the nearby Chase Inn are planning to open a food bank in the coming months to ensure no local people go hungry as austerity continues to bite.

The idea was dreamed up by Harestanes mininster Reverend David Vogan, with support from Chase Inn owner Stevie Young.

Reverend Vogan said: “There’s umbrella organisations that run food banks but my idea is to collect food locally to be distributed locally in Harestanes.

“I put the idea to Stevie and he was keen to get involved so we’re currently collecting food and hope to start handing it out in August.

“It’s unfortunately a very real need in society today and there’s no use in us coming together in church to pray and sing hymns if we are not needing the practical needs of the community.”

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