Aberdeen Cyrenians has become the first charity in the north-east to use an innovative app designed to help the public donate to foodbanks.
The app, called Foodbank, was launched by the charity today. It features a regularly updated list of items required by the charity and is colour-coded red, amber and green depending on priority.
“We can instantly update the list to show items we need, meaning we can react immediately to the donations we receive.”
As well as food, the list includes more practical items like plastic forks, freezer bags, and polystyrene burger boxes. These items will primarily be used by the Street Alternatives service which provides hot meals and access to laundry and cleaning facilities four times per week for those who are sleeping rough or who do not have access to cooking facilities.
“Our Street Alternatives service is incredibly busy and helps around 25 people per session,” said Scott.
“These items will allow us not only to provide hot meals at the time, but will also allow our service users to take food and cutlery away to eat later in the day.
“Some of the food will also be used in the food parcels which are handed out at our Drop In Service. Each parcel includes a variety of items like soups, pasta and sauces, and is designed to last three days.
“In 2015 so far we have been giving out an average of 150 food parcels every single month. This is an increase of 50% compared to last years figures, so all donations to help this service are gratefully received.”
Aberdeen Cyrenians is teaming up with several local supermarkets to launch the new app. Asda Bridge of Dee manager Martin Green, who helped launch the app in store yesterday, said: “We are really pleased to be involved in this project to make it easier for people to donate to those in need across the north-east.”
Asda Portlethen and Sainsburys St Nicholas Centre are also providing dedicated donation points in store. Abbie Whitelaw, Community Life Champion for Asda Portlethen, said: “I am delighted to be able to help those in need across the North-East in such a new and innovative way. As a Cyrenians volunteer, I have seen just how valuable the services they provide are to those in need.”
The app is available to download for free from Google Play and the App Store.
To use the app:
Step 1 – Download the Foodbank app and select ‘Aberdeen Cyrenians’ from the list
Step 2 – Check the live shopping list to see which items we need
Step 3 – Buy something from the list and drop it off at an in-store donation point or at 62 Summer Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1SD