Your gifts to Blythswood’s Highland Foodbank enabled a retail worker on a zero-hours contract to survive a post-Christmas collapse in her wages.
“Up until Christmas Wilma* was working 40 hours a week,” says Highland Foodbank manager Lorna Dempster. “But she had very few shifts in January and had to apply for Universal Credit.
“The week in which she was referred to us by Citizens’ Advice Bureau she had worked only four hours and had no prospect of more.
“She had spent her savings on rent and bills and would have to wait another two weeks for her first payment of Universal Credit. She was so grateful for the help Foodbank gave her and told one of our volunteers that she didn’t know what she would have done without it.
“Wilma is single and has no family living in the area. Friends had invited her to pop round for meals but she felt there were only so many times she could do that.”
In 2019 your gifts helped Highland Foodbank to provide a three-day food supply to 7,724 people, preventing them from going hungry during personal financial crises.