Stirling Food Train Services More Crucial Than Ever, MP Told


Categories: Charities and Third-Sector, Constituency, Volunteering

Alyn Smith MP Visits Hard Working Local Charity

Local Stirling MP Alyn Smith met with Stirling and Clackmannanshire’s branch of Food Train, as local need for the project grows amid the worsening economic climate. The national charity, with local branches covering areas across Scotland, organise volunteers and staff to support vulnerable community members to live independently at home with regular support services, including help with food shopping and delivery as well as befriending.

Amidst the cost of living crisis, the charity has seen an increase in need as soaring food and energy costs hammer household budgets. Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics indicate annual food and non-alcoholic drink inflation is currently 19.2%.

Members of the public can help in several ways, including through donations, volunteering, fundraising and partnerships. Individuals or businesses seeking more information can visit the Food Train website here.

Stuart Miller, Regional Manager at Food Train Stirling & Clackmannanshire said:

‘The cost of living crisis has hit communities across Scotland hard, especially for households already in some way vulnerable. I’m immensely proud of the work our volunteers are carrying out all over Stirling and Clackmannanshire, to help members of our community live independently and in good health. Loneliness and food poverty can be silent issues plaguing households, and our charity works with local partners to provide support and assistance where it’s most needed.

‘Inflation across all sectors and services has of course had an impact on our own operational overheads, and we’re working hard to seek alternative funding streams and new partnerships with the public and private sectors. If you would like to support our work, with your time or through any generous donations, please do get in touch:

Local Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:

‘I’m always struck when meeting local charities over the sheer dedication people like Stuart have for Stirling and our residents. The work taken forward by Food Train is invaluable, in supporting vulnerable residents in their own homes and helping to tackle food poverty and social isolation.

‘The cost of living crisis continues to have an impact on our communities, yet often we can miss the danger signs that someone has become particularly vulnerable. That is why the work of volunteers in our community remains so important – they’re a lifeline for folks who just need a helping hand getting their shopping in, or a friendly face to chat to. I urge anyone who can to lend their support to Stirling Food Train and their activities.’


Attached is a picture of Alyn Smith MP and Regional Manager Stuart Miller, at their Springkerse offices.