Carntyne and Riddrie Credit Union is breaking down barriers of how people across the city access food banks.
Eight years ago, General Manager of CRCU, John Lyons felt it his duty to help those communities who struggled to afford its basic needs of access to food. He went onto form Glasgow’s first non-referral food bank.
John explains “We used to collect food and take it to a local food back and I dropped by to see how the process worked. It was then I learned that people needed a referral slip from their doctor or social services in order to receive food parcels. At one particular food back I saw every age group come and go, and they were absolutely horrified and ashamed to be there.”
Susan organises food drives within the store that supply donations of food, toiletries and furniture to families and homeless people in need. She says: “We have a lot of surplus food so we are able to work with John continuously in giving donations. We pass it on knowing that the food is being shared among people who need it most.” As a champion and credit to his community, John says: “It’s all about dignity and humanity, it’s simple as that.”