A FOOD parcel service in the north of Glasgow has launched a fundraiser to help keep its cupboards full during the winter months. 

The service, which operates from Acre Community Hall in Maryhill, was originally created at the beginning of the pandemic early last year. 

Now, 20 months later it continues to operate every Friday with volunteers saying they have seen an increase in the number of people coming through the doors in recent weeks. 

Glasgow Times: [John Team, Chair of Acre Tenants & Residents Association (ATARA) and David Clark, Treasurer of ATARA at the community food parcel service in the hall in Maryhill. [Photograph by Gordon Terris][John Team, Chair of Acre Tenants & Residents Association (ATARA) and David Clark, Treasurer of ATARA at the community food parcel service in the hall in Maryhill. [Photograph by Gordon Terris]

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David Clark, treasurer of Acre Tenants and Residents Association (ATARA), who deliver the service, said it was initially launched with the expectation of running for just 12 weeks.

He said: "We started it for 12 weeks when the pandemic started, unfortunately, this service is still needed 20 months later. 

"Since we started we’ve worked with over 400 people. We need all the help we can get."

He added: "When we first started the funding we could go and buy fresh food but we’re unable to do that. 

"We supplement some things but not much because our funds are limited." 

Glasgow Times: [Photograph by Gordon Terris] [Photograph by Gordon Terris]

Members of ATARA collect food from local Co-op stores on Wednesday and Thursday evenings as part of a food share scheme. 

Volunteers say this has allowed them to keep their freezers "topped up". 

A fundraiser was launched "out of panic" at the end of November in the hopes of raising money to keep food on the shelves during winter. 

Members said as things "returned to normal" it became apparent that they would need to appeal for food to continue helping families in the local community.

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Glasgow Times: [Photograph by Gordon Terris] [Photograph by Gordon Terris]

So far, around £600 has been raised which the team say will go towards stocking the cupboards, providing food parcels and helping those who are in "desperate need".

Sharon, a member of Acre Community Hall, said the team is "elated" with the response so far and it "means the world" to help local residents. 

She said: "We have been very lucky with the support we have received throughout the pandemic. 

"As things return to normal and the economic impact starts to hit, we find ourselves having to appeal for food to help our families over the winter months.

"It means the world to us to be able to support our neighbours in hardship or are just having a hard time of it because of the pandemic."