Foodbanks are facing pressures as more shoppers head to stores for discounted food as a result of the cost of living crisis, a meeting has heard.
Shops that would normally donate produce which isn’t sold to charities however they say less and less is available as reduced price products close to the sell-by date are getting snapped-up by shoppers.
The issue was highlighted in Glasgow at a meeting of the Maryhill Area Partnership on Friday during a discussion on charities facing pressures as they strive to help people in poverty.
Sharon Bowers of Acre Tenants Residents Association said people are going into shops and buying reduced items.
The association receives donations of surplus food from two nearby Co-op shops in Bearsden and gives it to families in need.
To boost its stock for families, it recently won £3,000 area partnership funding to buy a new fridge freezer and six months of food supplies to help those in need.
Council official Shaw Anderson told the meeting: “More people are going into the supermarket at the end of the day and getting discounted food.”
Mr Shaw said the Glasgow City Mission charity has been given free sandwiches from major retailers but now that amount is being reduced.
A report giving an update on the North West Glasgow Voluntary Sector Network to the meeting said many charities are reporting increased numbers of people attending pantries, foodbanks and seeking welfare and advisory services across all wards in the North West of the city.
The meeting also heard food waste charity Fareshare was getting fewer surplus supplies from the supermarkets for it to distribute. A recent BBC report said supermarkets are wasting less.
Fareshare was contacted by the local democracy reporting service for comment on the situation in Glasgow but did not reply.
Commenting on the cost of living crisis, SNP councillor Franny Scally said there are “going to be hard times” and offered to garner support to help the community.
The Maryhill politician suggested going to Asda and Tesco “where many people people shop” in the area and asking for support. He put forward the idea of approaching the stores and asking them about the possibility of providing “hot food and warmth for the community.”
Councillor Scally added: “I want to do my best to help.”