Foodbanks across Scotland benefit from ScotRail stock donation

Last updated: Thursday, 9 April 2020

People in need across Scotland have benefitted from generous donations from kind-hearted ScotRail staff.

ScotRail’s hospitality teams across the country have donated food and drink stock to charities operating foodbanks in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.

The train operator has temporarily withdrawn all on-board hospitality services from its trains, resulting in a surplus in short dated food and drink such as soft drinks, snack boxes and confectionary.

Help for the Homeless Glasgow and Church of Scotland’s Edinburgh North East and Leith foodbank are among the charities who received donations.

Stock in Inverness has been donated to Inverness Foodstuff by Ness Bank Church, and in Aberdeen donations were made to Community Food Initiatives North East.

The acts of goodwill were coordinated by ScotRail Hospitality Team Leaders; Louise Wight (Glasgow Queen Street), Alice Waddell (Edinburgh Waverley), Stewart Ross (Aberdeen) and Selina Russell (Inverness).

ScotRail’s team of on-train hospitality stewards have also been doing their bit to keep trains sanitised throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, swapping coffee carts for cleaning products to focus on key customer touchpoints like door buttons, grab rails, tables, and arm rests.

Steven Milne, ScotRail Catering Operations Manager, said:

“As our country faces uncertain times, it’s important for us to pull together and help any way that we can.

“By donating our short-dated food and drink stock to foodbanks across the country, we hope that it will go to good use and benefit those in need during these really challenging times.

“I’m really proud to of Louise, Alice, Stewart and Selina for showing such initiative – they are a credit to the ScotRail team.

“Our people are working on the frontline, and we’ll continue to play our part to help the country through this crisis.”