Church News

Uptake for the Foodbank has more than doubled in recent weeks.  Outlay for perishable foodstuffs has increased fourfold.  A strict referral system is still in place so you can be sure that all those who benefit are genuinely in need.

Some days at the Foodbank are much busier than others. On Thursday 4th June they handed out 120 food parcels, mostly to families!

Food items can be dropped off at the Gate Centre in Alloa, Mon-Fri 10am-3pm or at the permanent trolleys in all local supermarkets.

Cash donations can also be made and are regarded as a necessity.  You can donate online or at the Centre.  Please note, cheques must be made payable to The Gate Charity.

The Gate also appreciates used clothing, footwear, small household items and toiletries which are distributed via The Soup Pot and Home Starter Pack projects.

All donations are very gratefully received.

We plan to operate our School Uniform Bank from Ludgate Church and Alloa’s Town Hall this year to ensure that we have enough space to operate the project effectively, whilst ensuring that safeguarding procedures are adhered too, for example safe social distancing space for volunteers, staff, helpers and service users.  As you know, there is no cost for any items to parents or anyone caring for a child, although we do welcome a small donation if possible but this is by no means a requirement.

Donation dates and information are as follows:

Monday 29th June – Friday 10th July 2020.

The Gate Centre, strictly between 3pm and 5pm.

Tesco and Morrison’s Superstore Donation Station, Anytime.

Please Note:  the final day for collections at The Gate Centre is Wednesday 15th July 2020.  After this date, we are unable to accept donations due to limited storage space.

Please can you let your colleagues, family and friends know this information as we need as many donations of new or good quality seconds to distribute to vulnerable children within our community.

Sorting Period dates and information are as follows:

Ludgate Church.  Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July 2020.  10am to 4pm.  Please note:  times can vary around volunteer availability.

Open Week dates and information as follows:

Alloa Town Hall.  Monday 20th July to Friday 24th July 2020.  Operating from 10am to 4pm.  Open to the public from 11am to 3pm.

We welcome referrers, parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, carers or anyone who is responsible for caring or supporting a child.

Thank you,

Maggie Baird