The Food Train supports Scottish Borders’ pensioners

A charity which has made more than 5,000 deliveries of critical shopping supplies to older people in the Scottish Borders is marking its 25th anniversary this week.

By Kevin McRoberts
Thursday, 2nd July 2020, 5:20 pm
Michelle Carruthers, chief executive of the Food Train.
Michelle Carruthers, chief executive of the Food Train.

Food Train is a dedicated group of volunteers who make the lives of people aged 65 and over in the region better by ensuring they can eat well and live well.

The regional branch, which enjoys great community support, was launched in 2017 with a team looking after local operations – taking customers’ grocery orders, doing their shopping and delivering items to their home.

The organisation first started in Dumfries on June 29, 1995. Its network now stretches across nine regions of Scotland, with more than 445,000 deliveries made nationally since that first day.

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Food Train chief executive Michelle Carruthers said: “If older people aren’t eating well, they’re not living well.

“If they’re not living well, then their health deteriorates. It’s that simple. By getting groceries to them, we help them to eat better and live better, as well as improve the general health of the people in the areas in which we operate.

“The certainty of knowing someone you trust is going to bring your food every week has a positive impact on people’s lives.

“But Food Train is about more than just shopping, it’s about social contact. We’re here to talk to those we support, to make sure they are cared for and help in any way that we can.

“I would like to thank our staff, volunteers and supporters across the Borders for all that they do and the positive difference they make to older people’s lives.”

As well as its shopping service, Food Train operates its At Home service – carrying out small jobs in older peoples’ homes – while its acclaimed befriending project helps tackle loneliness.

Its Meal Makers and Eat Well Age Well projects deal with the causes of malnutrition in the over-65s.

To find out more about Food Train, email [email protected] or call 0800 3047924. To register as a volunteer, go to The Food Train