National Food Train News
The latest news from the Food Train.
Food Train won the Guardian Charity Awards in 2004 and it played a significant role in Food Train’s expansion. It enabled Food Train to expand across Scotland from a small to a national charity. Click on the link to read more about the difference winning the award made to Food Train more than a decade later: http://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2015/jul/28/five-inspiring-success-stories-from-the-guardian-charity-awards.
It's that time of year again when Food Train staff commit their focus to replacing their favourite biscuit (or 2) with a healthier snack! This year No Biscuit Week will run between Monday 27th July and Friday 31st July.
Food Train is a Healthy Working Lives (Silver Award) employer and is proud to promote and support healthy choices for our staff in the workplace.
Above are a selection of pictures with Food Train staff showing their commitment to No Biscuit Week. Top: At our head office in Dumfries, Sandy tucks into a nice healthy fruit pot. Centre: In North Ayshire Clare (Left) and Marri (Right) trade biscuits for a nice juicy apple. Bottom: Meanwhile, Angela in Stirling is 'enjoying' a healthy pear instead of a sugar crammed biscuit. You can see she is really enjoying our 'No Biscuit Week' challenge! Anyone can join in, are you with us?
On Monday 6th July, a Civic Reception was held in the Municipal Chambers in Dumfries by Dumfries and Galloway Council to reflect on and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Food Train. A number of invited guests were in attendance from local partners, Councillors and MSP's alongside past and present members, volunteers and Directors.
Dumfries Provost Councillor Ted Thomson (Right) made a presentation to Food Train of a commemorative piece of Glassware to Dr Rob Wells (Left) and Chief Executive Michelle McCrindle MBE (Centre), marking the occassion of 20 years service to older people.
Above: Dumfries Provost Councillor (Far Left), Chief Executive Michelle McCrindle MBE (Second Right) and Chairman Dr Rob Wells (Far Right) with volunteers.
On the 29th June Food Train celebrated 20 years on track since making the first delivery in Dumfries in 1995. Since it's launch our fantastic volunteers have achieved: 228,000 grocery deliveries made, £6.77 million groceries shopped and 631,000 precious hours of volunteering given. Throughout the week a number of celebratory events are planned to commemorate the anniversary including twenty acts of kindness for customers who are being presented with gifts from a bunch of flowers to recieving £20 of their shopping.
On the 29th June Food Train Friends' held a 20th anniversary party with food, a raffle, a quiz and a dance at Hetland Hall Hotel, Dumfries attended by customers, volunteers directors and staff. This event was a fantastic way to bring together customers and volunteers to celebrate 20 years of Food Train.
Food Train Friends customer Eileen Muir recieved a box of chocolates and a bunch of flowers at the Food Train Friends party at Hetland Hall Hotel on Monday 29th June in one of our twenty acts of kindness.
Volunteer Karen surprised Mrs Hannay with a £20 voucher towards her shopping delivery as part of our twenty acts of kindness for our anniversary celebrations.
Thank you to all our amazing volunteers and staff for all their hard work and to all who have supported Food Train over the last 20 years.
Food Train CEO, Michelle McCrindle has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, in recognition of her services to older people in Scotland. She said "I'm absolutely overwhelmed as I have loved the job I've been doing over the years and it really has been a labour of love more than anything else."
"It has only been made possible by the many, many volunteers who have been such a help and support."
“It’s fantastic as this is the 20th anniversary year at Food Train, and we have still got a few volunteers who have been here for more than 15 years and some customers for more than 18 years."
She added “I have been delighted to take it to where it is now without having to change much, which is a fantastic testimony, and this is a real honour for Food Train which is who I will be accepting it on behalf of.”
Congratulations from all the staff at Food Train for all the hard work you have put in over the years, you have certainly earned your MBE!
To celebrate National Volunteers Week, Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway held an award ceremony on Thursday 4th June at the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries. Food Train volunteer Bill Brack was awarded for the Long Service to Volunteering. This award recognises volunteers who have committed long service to volunteering and the organisation they volunteer with. Bill was chosen as the well deserved winner of this award, recognising the dedication and commitment he has made to Food Train as a volunteer over the years. Congratulations!