MSPs have shown their support for the recently launched pilot project to enable SGF members and their customers to support the work of local food banks. Former First Minister Alex Salmond has lodged a motion with the Scottish Parliament welcoming the launch of the project.
SGF Food Aid involves participating Nisa stores in Bellshill and Aberdeen. Customers will be encouraged to place donations in collection bins located in-store. Each store has the support of the local food bank infrastructure in their area, which will ensure the effective collection and distribution of donated goods.
The pilot was launched at an event at Hampden Park on the 27th November. This event involved over 600 school pupils from across Glasgow taking part to raise funds for anti-poverty initiatives in schools. The event was supported by key SGF corporate members AG Barr, Muller-Wiseman Dairies, KP Snacks and Weetabix. SGF President and participating retailer Abdul Majid said,
“SGF has over 3,000 stores in membership so if this project proves to be a success over the coming months there is massive potential to roll it out across Scotland in 2016. Convenience stores are at the heart of communities and this project reinforces the vital role we can play in helping people in need.”
Nisa retailer Graeme Knowles from Aberdeen said,
“What I like about the donation bins is the unobtrusiveness of it. It allows customers to donate as they please. It’s very much the community supporting the community in a very basic form. And with that there is huge potential for this to become a core fixture in every store.”