Edinburgh titles play part in foodbank drive

The Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News have joined a campaign to ensure some of the city’s most vulnerable people do not suffer as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Royal Bank of Scotland has turned part of its headquarters at Gogarburn into a foodbank distribution centre as part of the project, which prompted this memorable front page from the Evening News on Friday.

The Evening News and The Scotsman are also part of the effort to make sure people who are struggling for essentials do not have to go without.

Malcolm Buchanan, chair of RBS’s Scotland board, said: “This is a challenging time for everyone in Scotland and we are delighted to work with The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News, the Trussell Trust and Social Bite to help make a difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“This is a time when everyone can work together to help support each other and we are calling on the public and companies who have the time or the resource and to get involved.

“Our Gogarburn conference centre will become a temporary food distribution centre for the Trussell Trust and Social Bite, with many of our colleagues volunteering their time to support and help these groups reach as many deserving people and families as possible.”

Items needed by the Trussell Trust’s foodbanks and Social Bite include: cereal, tinned soup, dried pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes/pasta sauce, tinned or dried lentils, beans and pulses, tinned meat, tinned fruit and vegetables, cereal bars, crackers and biscuits, tea and coffee, long-life milk and fruit juice, pet food, soap, hand wash, gloves, masks, toilet rolls and other toiletries.

The distribution centre will be open 7am-7pm every day with a drive-in donation system for businesses to drop off goods. The volunteers staffing it will be kitted out with personal proactive equipment to ensure their own safety and that of others.

However, donations from the public cannot be accepted at Gogarburn because of social distancing rules. People are urged to donate instead at existing supermarket collection points.

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