Linlithgow is most certainly kind to strangers

Tesco foodbank plea was a success.
Tesco foodbank plea was a success.

Big-hearted shoppers in Linlithgow have done their bit for struggling families – by donating to a foodbank collection in Tesco.

Held at the Regent Centre store from Monday, November 24, to Saturday, November 29, it saw shoppers donating a variety of dried and canned goods as they picked up their groceries.

Craig McCrimmon, duty manager at Tesco Linlithgow, said the initiative was “very well received” by customers.

West Lothian Foodbank, which has a distribution point at Linlithgow’s Cross House, has been used by 7149 people since it started up in November 2012.

Shockingly, 2256 of the recipients were children.

Marshall Green, deputy manager of West Lothian Foodbank, helped to man the Tesco collection point.

He said: “As always, people gave generously to the collection – it was all we could do to get it into the warehouse!

“We’re still unsure of the quantity of goods collected as it still has to be weighed and sorted – but there was a lot!”

Michael Connarty, MP for Linlithgow and East Falkirk, said: “The fact that we need foodbanks really is an indictment of this goverment.

“However, local people understand the need to help those less fortunate.

“The successful collection last week is a testament to the charitable nature of Scottish people”.