Glasgow food bank founders to speak in Rothesay

The George Square food bank collection organised by Andy and Darren Carnegie of Glasgow's Needy.
The George Square food bank collection organised by Andy and Darren Carnegie of Glasgow's Needy.

The father-and-son team behind a food collection scheme for people living in hunger in Glasgow are to visit Bute this weekend to show their support for the island’s food bank.

Andy and Darren Carnegie set up ‘Glasgow’s Needy’ only last month, and their first spontaneous collection in the city’s George Square attracted donations of bags of groceries from people across Scotland.

They’re planning to visit Rothesay this Sunday, November 2, bringing a donation for the island’s food bank with them, and to explain at a public gathering in Guildford Square how the Glasgow’s Needy operation came about and how it now operates.

“We want people on Bute to know that Glasgow cares, and Scotland cares,” Andy told The Buteman.

“We’re hoping to complement the existing food bank and bring across a good donation for them. We’ll be speaking about where it all came from and what we do - Darren and I have been doing this for years and hopefully we can do something to help the food bank on Bute.”

Bute’s food bank, which was set up in January of this year, is operated by Bute Advice Centre with food bought from donations to the Bute Oasis shop in Rothesay’s Argyle Street.

Thirty-eight people used the Bute food bank in its first three months of operation, with a further 50 using the facility in April, May and June.

Andy and Darren Carnegie will be speaking in Guildford Square at around 12 noon this Sunday, November 2.