A FOODBANK that has been "inundated" by requests for help is asking for support of its own.

Everlasting Foodbank is running a variety of initiatives to ensure people in Glasgow's East End don't go hungry during the Covid-19 crisis.

But the charity is looking for volunteers to make sure it can carry on with its services.

And it is making an appeal for a large storage fridge that will prevent any food donations going to waste.

Jonathan Pettit, chairman of the Everlasting Foodbank, said: "M&S, Aldi and Lidl have been reaching out through the charity Neighbourly and have been very generous.

"But we don't have enough storage to deal with items that need to be refrigerated.

"We really need a bigger fridge so that food is not going bad - we don't want to get donations and be in the position that they are sitting there rotting, that would be a real concern for us.

"A new fridge would be a god send but we are not too sue how to reach out and see if anyone can help us sort something.

"If anyone can help us then we would be so grateful."

The Dennistoun charity runs its foodbank on the first and third Saturday of every month.

It also, during the two weeks of the Easter school holidays, has been running its Holiday Hunger programme.

This usually sees school pupils given food and take part in arts and crafts and other activities, but this year the scheme has been takeaway only.

On a Monday from noon to 3pm volunteers runs the Freedom Cafe to let people sit down for a hot meal and have the chance to socialise.

Again, however, the coronavirus lockdown has meant this service has become takeaway only too.

The charity has also added a new delivery service to its list - and this is where the volunteer call out comes in.

Jonathan said: "We've added the delivery service, which has been really great.

"We are still having people coming in looking to donate food, which is amazing, but we really need volunteer delivery drivers.

"We are looking for people with access to a vehicle who can drop off delivers in Dennistoun, Shettleston and perhaps slightly further afield but all in the East End and we will pay for petrol."

Everlasting Foodbank is also hoping for donations of hand sanitiser, gloves and masks to keep volunteers safe.

Jonathan added: "We really want to let people know that we are still here and that we are helping people in need.

"But we need volunteer and other support to help us do that."

To get involved email theeverlastingfoodbank@gmail.com or see the charity's Facebook and Instagram pages.