Ferry giant donates goodies to the needy

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Caledonian MacBrayne has donated supplies to local food banks.

The west coast ferry operator has retail outlets on 14 of its larger vessels but they have been shut down due to the COVID-19 crisis.

CalMac has checked stock and anything with a sell by date within three months will now be donated along Scotland’s west coast, including Oban.

Goods handed over including soft drinks, confectionery, crisps, cakes and biscuits.

Kurt Hart, the company’s head of sales, said: ‘Given that we are not in position to determine when our on-board retail outlets will be open again, it makes sense to find a use for products that will be out of date soon, other wise they would just end up being thrown out.

‘It is better someone gets the benefit of these products before they are past their sell by date.’

CalMac has so far made donations between Oban, Ardrossan, Greenock, Barra and Stornoway.

Hope Kitchen in Oban praised the kindness shown by both retailers and the public.

A spokesperson said: ‘Another day of generous donations from CalMac’s Isle of Mull and Easter Eggs from Tesco, as well as lots of individuals donating.

‘Remember if you need any help, don’t be afraid to get in touch. These are very difficult times and we all need to ask for help.’

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