Inmates do their bit 
to help folk in crisis

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Inmates at a prison in Bishopriggs have helped collect more than £600 worth of donations for East Dunbartonshire Foodbank.

The prisoners donated food from the canteen as well as encouraging staff, visitors and other professionals to help combat hunger in the local community.

The seven-day project was organised by the prison 
in conjunction with The 
Trussell Trust foodbank charity.

A spokesperson from Low Moss said: “In an attempt to assist those experiencing hardship in their lives, Low Moss decided to give their support to a local community foodbank.

“The objective of the seven-day event was to collect food donations.

“Planning for the event led to a work placement for two prisoners from Castle Huntly at the front of house in 
Low Moss.

“Their role was to speak about the foodbank initiative and process any donations that came in.

“Donations came from staff, visitors and professionals coming into the prison on work related business.

“Also contributing were the prisoners where the 
opportunity to donate food directly from their canteen was an option for them to get involved.”

By the end of the week a total of 14 boxes of food had been donated.

This, when weighed (245.1 kg) by the foodbank, resulted in a monetary total of £411.

To add to this there were cash contributions given by some and this alone totalled £194.21.

Ann Carson of East Dunbartonshire Foodbank thanked Low Moss for their support.

She said: “This is an amazing amount to raise. It was a pleasure to work with Low Moss prison, who were very organised with the collection which is so helpful 
to us.

“It was great to see the 
involvement of everybody in helping the community.

“Thanks very much for all your hard work which will help make a difference.”

Low Moss would also like to thank everyone involved in the event.

East Dunbartonshire Foodbank is based at 52 Townhead, Kirkintilloch and works in partnership with local churches.

Volunteers are welcome and range from warehouse volunteers to voucher co-ordinators and handing out food parcels at the foodbank.

Visit and fill out a form to get in touch or telephone 07425 13413.