FOOD charity Food Train are appealing for volunteers, after numbers dropped following the end of the furlough scheme.

The charity say they have seen a record number of volunteers join the team in the past few months during lockdown.

However as employees return to work, numbers have decreased and Food Train has appealed for help to "meet massive demand".

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Chris Curtis, Food Train regional manager for Glasgow, said: "The support we have had from our volunteers throughout the pandemic - and the response we have from people who could see the extra help we needed to meet the unprecedented demand we have seen - has been fantastic.

“But, as many people who took the opportunity to help us while on furlough leave return to work as demand for our services remains high, we find ourselves in need of more people to both help with shopping for our customers’ orders and in delivering them."

Food Train, who deliver food parcels to vulnerable citizens unable to manage independently, say that deliveries in Glasgow have increased by 82% on last year, with 443 people currently being helped. 

Moira Anderson, a user of Food Train from Crookston, said: “I would have been lost without Food Train these past weeks.

"Not only does it stop my family worrying about me but it also gives me peace of mind. It’s a great service. The delivery team is always so nice and always have a smile.”

Chris added: "The knowledge that your shopping is being taken care of and that someone will deliver it to you makes a real positive difference to the lives of older people across Glasgow.”