Jackie Baillie says it was a pleasure to visit Food For Thought and Charitea to find out more about the help which is offered to those in need in our community. “It was great to meet staff and volunteers on #InternationalVolunteerDay as many give their time for free to support others,”the Dumbarton Constituency Labour MSP told The Democrat.

By Lucy Ashton 

Jackie Baillie visited charity Food For Thought to find out more about the support they are offering to people in need as we approach Christmas.

The Dumbarton constituency MSP was shown around the charity’s base within the Artizan Centre by volunteer David Keown and lead Operational Administrator Lorraine McLeish before popping over to Charitea, the charity’s café to enjoy a delicious lunch.

As well as handing out around 160 emergency food parcels on a weekly basis, the charity is gearing up to hand out gifts to families in need so that no child goes without a present this Christmas.

Jackie Baillie said: “I want to thank Lorraine and David for showing me around the Food For Thought facility in Dumbarton and for the work that they do to reach out to vulnerable members of our community.

“It is really alarming to hear of the increase in demand for emergency food parcels and incredibly worrying that many working families, some who donated before, are now struggling themselves and in need of the help which is being provided by Food For Thought.

“I am however really heartened by the donations which are made by local people as well as from the likes of Morrisons and Marks and Spencer. This food is put to really good use by Food For Thought, reaching people who would otherwise have to miss meals which sadly becoming increasingly common during this cost of living crisis.

“The work that Food For Thought and other charities do to support the community is much appreciated especially at this time of year and their Christmas toybank will bring joy to many families across the region.”

  • Food For Thought are accepting donations to their toy bank up until Wednesday 21st December. If you need support, you can call into their offices within the Artizan Centre in Dumbarton or call them on 01389 743908. They are also available by email to

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