National Food Train News
The latest news from the Food Train.
Between the 18 July and 15 August, Food Train held its first ever crowdfunding campaign. Over the course of 28 days, over £750 was raised. Aside from two newspaper articles on the campaign, all publicity and campaigning took place exclusively online, via Social Media.
The campaign received 45 contributions from countries all around the world. Although no contributions were received from them, the page was visited by people in Singapore, the Philippines and Egypt! This just shows the wide reach that online campaigns can have.
The money raised from the campaign is going to be put towards buying some brand new boxes. These boxes are used by our volunteers to deliver our customers weekly grocery shopping orders. They form a vital cog in the Food Train machine and it is great to have the funds to replenish our stock.
Thank you to everyone who made a contribution and shared the campaign on Social Media!
One week down, three to go. Food Train's first ever crowdfunding campaign has gone from strength to strength in it's first week. At the time of writing, the campaign has raised a staggering £470 of the £1,000 target. A massive thank you to everyone who has contributed so far!
The £1,000 being raised is to be spent on buying new plastic boxes for our volunteers to deliver our customers' shopping in. The boxes we use are a vital part of our service, and take a bit of a battering, so new boxes are always needed.
If you'd like to contribute to the campaign, please visit the Indiegogo page at http://igg.me/at/foodtrainneedsnewboxes. A contribution of £5 will help us to buy one brand new box, so please contribute what you can. If you're not able to contribute, please consider sharing the Indiegogo page with friends, family and colleagues!
This is the video we made to accompany the campaign:
In preperation for Befriending Week 2014, the Befrienders Network recently got in touch with Food Train Friends. They were looking to speak to a befriender and befriendee about their experiences.
Betty, one of our befriendees, and Colin, a befriender, spoke about their involvement with Food Train Friends and befriending.
Betty had this to say "I find it very, very helpful. I don’t think I could do without it to be honest.They’re very kind." You can read what else Betty and Colin had to say on the Befriending Network webpage, http://befriendingweek.org/test/older-people/the-food-train/.
Food Train proudly holds a Silver "Healthy Working Lives" award as an organisation. As part of this commitment to promoting healthy working lives, Food Train Staff are taking part in the annual "No Biscuit" Week!
The idea is that instead of having a biscuit at break time, staff will have healthy snacks like fruit and nuts. We'll see how everyone does over the course of the week. There are few biscuits fiends in the various Food Train offices, so it could be a long one for them!
Today has seen the launch of our first ever crowdfunding campaign. Food Train is trying to raise £1,000 over 28 days to buy some new pastic boxes.
The boxes are used by our volunteers, to carry the shopping they deliver to our customers. Without our volunteers we wouldn't have a service, but their job would be almost impossoble without the boxes they use. Which is why they are so vitally important!
We're raising money on Indiegogo a popular crowdfunding platform. If you think you'd be able to contribute, please check out the page. If you're not able to contribute, you can still help by going onto the page and the sharing it with all your friends and family!
Our Indiegogo page can be found at - http://igg.me/at/foodtrainneedsnewboxes/x/8069995. Thank you!
The issue of manutrition amongst older people in Scotland came up yesterday in the Scottish Parliament. During portfolio questions, Margaret Mitchell MSP for Central Scotland asked the Scottish Government "what measures it is taking to combat malnutrition, which affects some of the most vulnerable older people" (S40-03329). Writing on the Alliance website, our CEO Michelle McCrindle gives thoughts on malnutrition amongst older people and how Food Train is helping, as well as an insight into the newly formed Scottish Older People's Food Task Force. Read what she had to say here.