National Food Train News
The latest news from the Food Train.
Last Thursday, 5th December, Food Train was the subject of a members debate in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. Elaine Murray MSP, for Dumfriesshire, submitted a motion entitled "All aboard the Food Train", congratulating Food Train on its success with the Big Lottery Fund and also its continuing success nationally.
Food Train learned yesterday that we will be the subject of a debate in the Scottish Parliament next Thursday, 5th of December. Elaine Murray MSP for Dumfriesshire put forward a motion several weeks ago, congratulating Food Train on it's recent success in being awarded £590,474 by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland and its on going success nationally. This motion has now achieved cross party support, meaning a debate has been tabled.
Food Train are delighted with today's announcement from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland that they will be funding our befriending project Food Train Friends. Funds totalling £590,474 have been awarded to support and develop the service across Dumfries and Galloway for the next 5 years. Michelle McCrindle, Chief Executive, Food Train Ltd, added: “We are all absolutely thrilled and delighted to receive this funding from the Big Lottery Fund. Tackling social isolation has long been part of what Food Train does and the growth of our befriending project, Food Train Friends, has shown how important socialising is to older people. To know that we can now go ahead and help to bring friendship, fun and happiness to socially vulnerable older people across Dumfries and Galloway over the next five years is a wonderful prospect and a long held ambition for our charity. This is great news for everyone at Food Train and for older people across the region now and in the future.
Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing braved some ferocious rain showers to help deliver the weekly groceries to new Food Train customers in the Govanhill area before officially launching the new Food Train at a packed event in Samaritan House. Mr Neil said "thanks to the hard working volunteers at Food Train, I am sure this vital service will be as much of a success here in Glasgow as it is in Dumfries and Galloway, West Lothian, Stirling and Dundee".
On a bitterly cold Good Friday, Jim Hume MSP joined our volunteers Robin Richardson and Roberta Macmillan to make grocery deliveries to Food Train customers around rural Annandale & Eskdale. Speaking to Food Train CEO Michelle McCrindle beforehand he said how much he was looking forward to getting out and seeing first hand how important Food Train's regular grocery deliveries are to older people and the wonderful efforts of Food Train volunteers particulalry given how tough this winter has been, services like Food Train are all the more important.