“We try to support our local foodbank as much as we can and decided that for our December branch meeting we would encourage our members to bring in donations”, said Councillor Will Mylet, Organiser for Paisley Tannahill SNP Branch – the largest SNP branch in Renfrewshire.
Over the past few years Paisley Tannahill SNP branch has collected donations from its members and from the public to help Renfrewshire foodbank. At the December meeting of the branch (held on Tuesday 4th December 2018) members were asked to bring along a donation to help the foodbank and the response was excellent with lots of seasonal treats such as selection boxes alongside essential foodstuffs being donated.
Councillor Will Mylet added:
“We always try to help our local foodbank and this month we decided that we would ask branch members to bring along a donation.
“We also asked members to bring in some seasonal treats such as selection boxes as well as the staple foods required by Renfrewshire foodbank. It was also important to us to make sure we raised the right products so we checked with the foodbank (https://renfrewshire.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/) to see what items they were most in need of, and passed this information to all of our 500+ members”.
Branch secretary, Councillor Kenny MacLaren added:
“It is a disgrace that in a rich country like Scotland we have an increasing number of families relying on foodbanks. This is a direct result of the austerity measures of successive UK Governments. The implementation of Universal Credit across Renfrewshire and the rest of Scotland will mean that anyone applying for new benefits from the start of this month will not receive a payment until after Christmas!
“While there is a need for foodbanks we will do what we can to support them but we will also campaign for an independent Scotland with a fairer economy and stronger welfare system that does not punish those in need – as the UK system clearly does”.