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Foodbank faces closure as funds dwindle

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With no long-term funding, bosses fear the end is in sight

A vital foodbank faces closure if it doesn’t source new funding to stay afloat.

Bosses say Glasgow SW Foodbank, based in Govan, could be forced to shut if a secure source of income isn’t found.

The foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust, is now in desperate need of support.

Nick Hopkins, chairman of Glasgow SW Foodbank, said the Scottish Government had stopped viewing foodbanks as priority meaning they had to source funding elsewhere.

"Our fantastic project worker is needed to generate our donations and to work with our committed volunteers doing the countless other tasks involved in making a complex organisation run smoothly delivering critical help to some of the city’s most vulnerable people," he said.

"We are in discussion with Glasgow City Council about the possibility of short term support for her post.

"That would be great. But we need the Scottish Government and the city council to consider how we, and other foodbanks, can be sustainably supported in the longer term.

"We can’t keep relying on the charitable trusts we constantly approach, many of whom have other priorities or are overwhelmed by applications.

"The Scottish Government has shifted its focus away from foodbanks’ work, wanting to move beyond what they consider an undignified way of providing support to those in food crisis.

"We believe that should be rethought."

A JustGiving page has been created in the short term to continue supplying emergency food aid to low income families and individuals in the area.

The charity is also looking to build its regular donor base; it’s aiming to get 200 people signed up to give between £5 and £20 a month.