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Players of Postcode Lottery help Food Train get on the right track

Charity receives £200,000 in funding

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Scottish Charity Food Train is full of festive cheer after being awarded £200,000 by players of People’s Postcode Lottery to help grow their vital services to older people across Scotland.

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Colin Smyth MSP at Food Train's HO

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Colin Smyth MSP (left) popped into our new HO today to talk about the issues of loneliness and social isolation with our Friends Project Manager, Scott McGill (right).

Colin is very interested in this issue and is keen to assist in helping Food Train to raise awareness of the issue at both local and national level to ensure the appropriate level of support is provided long term.   

Head Office on the move...

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We moved from our existing Head Office location in Castle Street Dumfries to Hestan Southwest located at the Crichton Business Park in Dumfries in late September and were fully operational there from 2 October 2017. See photo of our new entrance area and lovely building. Ample free car parking outside the building with disabled friendly access in a beautiful location. The site postcode is DG1 4TA 


National Lottery £1.2m funding for Eat Well Age Well

Eat Well Age Well Press Release

Big Lottery Fund has today announced £1.2million funding for our new Eat Well Age Well project which aims to help reduce the risk and incidence of malnutrition among older people living at home in Scotland. 

Welcoming the funding, Chief Executive Michelle Carruthers MBE said: “This funding award is the culmination of many dedicated people coming together, listening and learning from older people about their food needs.  Through the Eat Well, Age Well project, we will work towards a sustainable approach to reduce malnutrition among older people living at home and create a long lasting and engaged network across the country committed to this issue. We are absolutely delighted with this Big Lottery Fund award, which will allow us to carry on the legacy of our founders in partnership with others.”

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “This award, made possible by National Lottery players, will bring together partners in the public, third and private sectors to help tackle malnutrition amongst older people in our communities. With its expertise, knowledge and skills, the Food Train is well placed to lead this initiative while working with others to ensure a nation-wide approach. I look forward to following the progress of the Eat Well, Age Well Project as it begins to create a much needed strategy to address this across Scotland.”


Marri at Scottish Parliament

Regional Manager Marri attends Scottish Parliament Opening Ceremony



On Saturday 2nd July, MSP Ruth Maguire invited our North Ayrshire Regional Manager Marri Welsh as Cunninghame South’s Local Hero, joined by 128 other MSPs and their Local Heroes to celebrate the Opening Ceremony of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Highlights of the day’s events included Her Majesty the Queen addressing MSPs in the Chamber and Local Heroes taking part in the ‘Riding’ procession down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Commenting on her decision to nominate Marri and Food Train, Ruth said: ‘As the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament gets under way, it’s right that the people of Scotland are placed at the heart of our events. Together with my fellow MSPs, we want to celebrate the achievements of our Local Heroes from across every constituency and region in Scotland. Marri’s work is truly inspirational, having a transformational impact on the lives of older people who rely on Food Train to deliver their essential shopping, working against loneliness, and allowing older people to live in their own homes.’

Responding to her nomination, Marri said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to have been nominated as a Local Hero and to attend this wonderful occasion with Ruth. Food Train has been providing services for older people across Scotland for 21 years. As an Ayrshire girl, I was thrilled to bring our vital shopping service to North Ayrshire in 2015. Our services are delivered by a team of volunteers, every one of them a local hero in Food Train’s eyes and I am thrilled to represent all of them and our organisation, on this very memorable day'.


Marri at opening of Parliament