Inside Oban’s food parcel op for the needy

Andy Spence, Alan Livingstone and Aidan MacDougall lend a hand

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More than 250 vital food parcels have been dispatched to needy people  across the area today.

Shortly before 8am, dozens of crates of food from Glasgow arrived by lorry at the Corran Halls, Oban.

A team of volunteers then helped create 267 individual boxes for dispatch across the town, Lorn, Appin, Seil, Taynuilt and Connel.

Eighty were shipped to Mull on Thursday for those self-isolating, vulnerable to COVID-19 or with no relatives on hand to get their shopping.

Today’s joint operation involved Argyll and Bute Council staff, business group Bid4Oban and 16 local helpers giving up their time.

With hand-sanitiser, protective gloves, face masks and social distancing a feature, the hampers were loaded onto council buses for delivery across the area, in scenes more reminiscent of a UN exercise.

Councillor Aileen Morton, leader of Argyll and Bute Council said: ‘COVID-19 continues to have a significance impact on everyone’s life.

‘Here in Argyll and Bute, despite such challenging circumstances, our communities have shown remarkable resilience coming together to make sure people are not left on their own without support.

‘We are delighted to have played our part in delivering essential food items to people across our communities.

‘Over 2,500 food parcels were delivered by the Community Food Project by the end of April.

‘In the last week alone, we have delivered a further 4,000 parcels.’

‘This massive effort has only been made possible by working with our partners, existing community groups, local businesses and the army of volunteers who help us every week.

‘I would like to thank everyone involved. Please continue to stay safe and if need help accessing food, contact our Caring for People helpline 01546 605524, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.’

For more on this story see The Oban Times on Thursday, May 21.

Council driver Iain Hibbert gets ready to set off
Juwel Faisal, of Argyll and Bute Council, lends a hand
Food to go: Boxes of goods packed and ready to leave