GLASGOW’S first food pantry which aims to cut down on surplus food and social inequality is expected to open next month.

Ruchazie residents will benefit from the project at 435 Gartloch Road which will offer reasonably priced fresh produce rather than have people rely on food bank donations.The store will be open to everyone and will charge £2.50 for £15 worth of fresh food including meat, vegetables and fruit.

Face coverings will be mandatory when entering the shop and a one-way system will be in place.

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Councillor Mandy Morgan said: “We are hoping to open mid to late August. People in Ruchazie are very excited about it and want to know more. There has never been so much interest in a community project.

"I am looking forward to seeing this all come together. Residents have backed our plans to create the pantry and see it come to life.

“As we leave lockdown I hope we see people who have been shielding and relying on food parcels, come to the pantry.”

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Pantries in Parkhead and Castlemilk are also expected to be developed at some point.

Ms Morgan added: “We want to make sure there is enough food to sustain it. We are expecting to see these pantries role out across the city.”