Easterhouse Salvation Army has announced the launch of a new local initiative to help vulnerable people in the area through Easterhouse Foodbank.

The Salvation Army have been supporting residents for many years in Easterhouse and have seen marked increases in requests for certain support including food parcels.

The Easterhouse Foodbank is in response to local residents approaching The Salvation Army to see if there was some way that they could support the work already taking place. So far six people have signed up to become volunteers from the local area.

The project reinforces The Salvation Army’s belief of transforming lives through community work and help support people at their point of need.

Tom Mitchell, Corps Assistant at The Salvation Army in Easterhouse, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted with the support we have received so far for the launch of this initiative from the local community, businesses and referral agencies. It shows that the people of Easterhouse support The Salvation Army and the work that we do. Over the last few months requests for food parcels have increased and this initiative will enable us to help more people with various needs.’

The Salvation Army has a long history of offering practical support to people who are vulnerable or in need in every community.

The foodbank initiative will be situated within Easterhouse Salvation Army Church, 4 Auchencrow Street, Easterhouse. It will be open five days a week – Monday to Friday.

Major Russell Wyles, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army’s West Scotland Division, said: ‘This is a great day for The Salvation Army locally, who on a weekly basis work in the local community to serve those journeying through difficult times. This initiative means that we have extra support on offer which will help us meet the increasing needs of people in and around Easterhouse.’

‘It also affords us an opportunity to demonstrate further our belief of changing people’s lives within communities and enhances the already strong ties we have with agencies of the local area.’

Easterhouse Corps has a collection point based at Morrison’s in Easterhouse, to which the public are asked to give generously.