Staff at a Co-op Group Funeralcare branch in Scotland have teamed up with a local food bank charity to put together and distribute food packs and daily essentials.
The Bridge of Allan Co-op Funeralcare is working with Start-up Stirling, which helps to support families and individuals throughout periods of homelessness and financial hardship in the central Scotland area.
The two organisations have had a close connection since the Co-op donated Easter eggs to the charity last year. After learning about Start-up Stirling’s need for food packages for families and individuals who were just entering accommodation for the first time after being on the streets, staff looked into how they could help.
“We have a long-standing relationship with Start-up Stirling, and we’re well aware of the vital service they provide to people of the community,” said Ruth Teal, funeral arranger for Co-op Funeralcare Bridge of Allan and organiser of the start-up packs. “When I realised what a pressing need they had for these food parcels, I got in touch with the Bridge of Allan Co-op food store to see what we could do to help.”
The electrical goods team also got involved, and overall the Co-op was able to provide everything from kettles, tea, coffee and hot chocolate, to sanitary items, cleaning products and meals that you can make only using a kettle.
“I think our donation shows the Co-op commitment to helping those in need, and hopefully our donation will support people through the first few days of their tenancy.”
Joanie Littlejohn, development worker for Start-up Stirling, added: “We’d like to thank Ruth and the rest of the Co-op team for their generous donations. These much-needed starter packs will help many families through a very difficult time, and help them to transition between homelessness to having a house or flat to call their own.”