Renfrewshire Food Bank is one of the busiest in Scotland, and has already provided vital food donations for over 5,500 people this year – nearly a quarter of them children.
Constant and increasing demand has resulted in major logistical issues for the charity, including insufficient space to store and sort the donated food, and unsatisfactory working conditions for its hardworking team of volunteers.
In response, Doosan Babcock has donated the new facility, based at its Renfrewshire HQ, and will also be fielding a constant stream of employee volunteers to help the support those already giving up their time to feed those in need.
Doosan Babcock Vice President, Andy Colquhoun, who has spearheaded the new partnership, will hand over the warehouse to Renfrewshire Food Bank Chairman Rev Graeme Clark at an opening ceremony today. Doosan Babcock volunteers will also begin processing the more than 8 tonnes of food that has already been stored.
Andy Colquhoun, Vice President at Doosan Babcock, said:“I’m very proud that this new centre will be based at our site, and am looking forward to working closely with the Renfrewshire Food Bank in future. It is humbling to see the great work that goes on every week and I’m heartened that Doosan Babcock can play a vital role in supporting the volunteers who selflessly dedicate their time to helping others.
Rev Graeme Clark, Chairman of the Renfrewshire Food Bank, added: “I am delighted that Doosan Babcock expressed their care for the people of Renfrewshire, the vulnerable and the hungry, in such a helpful, practical and wonderful way. We greatly appreciate the work the staff have done and look forward to a continuing partnership that enables us to meet a growing need.”
Today’s announcement coincides with Doosan Day of Community Service, which will see Doosan Babcock employees doing charitable work across the rest of the UK. Other charitable work being conducted by Doosan Babcock’s employees in Renfrewshire includes the construction of a memorial garden at St. James Primary School, and upgrading the Cherrie Centre nursery.
Simon Hopkins, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Doosan Babcock, said: "It has been a great experience to be involved in today’s activities and I am so proud of how my colleagues across the business have embraced this opportunity. The Doosan Day of Community Service will now take place twice a year, allowing us to continue to making meaningful contributions to the communities we operate in. Corporate Social Responsibility remains an integral part of our business, and this initiative is a fantastic way for us to pursue that while reaching those most in need.”