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Taynuilt Community Council has answered a call to set up a community food hub by installing one in the village phone box.
With shelves, installed by Gareth Judson, frequently being restocked, the micro store is part of the Community Council’s COVID-19 response and is there to be used by anyone in the community.
The iconic red structure was adopted by the village last year when BT decreed that it was no longer viable as a phone box. A full makeover will take place once lockdown rules are relaxed. In the meantime local man Kevin MacDougall has replaced the broken windows and given it a clean inside, and the unit now acts as a place for people to go and pick up their essential items as well as drop off anything they don’t need.
Volunteer Donna Bannatyne said: ‘All of the items in the box have been donated by the community, it’s a great way to clear out the items you don’t want or need and if you want to you can swap them for something in the box.
‘We know that these times are hard for everyone, so we want to help ensure our residents are not going without. There is a extensive range of goods from tinned fruit and veg, pastas and pasta sauces, breakfast cereals, flour, cleaning products and toiletries and personal hygiene products.
‘It’s a community coming together to help and care for each other.’
The phone box is just part of a much bigger scheme, set up by Taynuilt Community Council. Approximately 130 volunteers have signed up to assist with a range of duties, from leaflet dropping, manning phone lines, co-ordinating volunteer groups, collecting and delivering prescriptions, delivering shopping from local shops and shops in town, dog walking, delivering papers and carrying out social phone calls.
‘It really is an amazing wee community and it couldn’t be done with our volunteers and the help for our local shops,’ added Donna.
Anyone in the Taynuilt area requiring assistance can call the dedicated line on 07955 750592.