A GROUP fighting hunger in Glasgow's vulnerable communities has thanked Celtic for an "incredible" funding boost.

Family Action in Rogersfield and Easterhouse, or Fare Scotland received a donation of £10,000 from the generous Parkhead side. 

The Hoops are supporting groups helping vulnerable people through the Celtic Foundation's Football for Good fund. 

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Jimmy Wilson, CEO of Fare Scotland spoke of the coronavirus outbreak's impact on communities in Glasgow and beyond: "We currently have two buildings open where volunteers have been packing food hampers, alongside staff working from home answering calls.

“So far we’ve distributed approximately 60-70,000 meals in the East End of Glasgow and beyond. We’re getting calls from places as far out as Falkirk, Stirling, Edinburgh, Greenock, Inverclyde and Paisley. 

“From what our volunteers are seeing on the ground, the crisis is starting to take a massive toll on the mental health of young people, families and adults. These people are isolated, sometimes on their own.

He spoke about some of the heartbreaking situations volunteers with the group help with. 

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“For example, there’s a young boy we support with learning difficulties whose mum has just passed away within the last month. He doesn’t realise what’s happening in the world, and his mum is no longer there to help or support him," he said. 

“There are also people who were living just above or on the breadline prior to COVID-19 and they are losing their jobs and struggling to pay their bills."

He added his thanks to Celtic for its donation. 

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Mr Wilson said: "Celtic FC Foundation were one of the first organisations to reach out to us. Most of our hampers cost £15 per head, so a donation of £10k helps massively. We really can’t thank Celtic FC Foundation enough for their incredible generosity.”