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Cumbernauld foodbank’s bread buttered as charity is awarded four-figure sum

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:16 GMT on Thursday, July 25th, 2013.

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Picture: Fran Jones, Sanctuary Cumbernauld's chair said Sanctuary were "delighted" to help the charity.
ONE Cumbernauld charity has received a bumper grant payout to help it continue its valuable work within the local community.

Social landlord Sanctuary Cumbernauld has announced a £1,000 funding boost for Cumbernauld-based foodbank, House of Bread, who operate out of a local church.

Awarded the money through Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, the payout is a bid to help the charity continue its invaluable work, supporting local residents – dozens of whom use the food bank each week. 

Operating out from the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Esk Walk, in Cumbernauld town centre, the House of Bread foodbank is open every Thursday, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Norma Cowan, House of Bread project manager, said: “The grant from Sanctuary has given the project a massive boost and allowed us to become more organised.

“While we continue to rely on donations to create the food parcels, we have been able to purchase a computer and much-needed storage space for the basic food supplies we give out.
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“Life is tougher than ever for many and we encourage those in need to use the service we offer.

“Last year we provided 1200 food parcels and – in the current financial climate – we would expect that demand to continue.”

The House of Bread project is one of three initiatives in Cumbernauld to already have received assistance from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, which offers up to £1,000 for groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of residents.

Fran Jones, Sanctuary Cumbernauld chairperson, added: “We are delighted to support the House of Bread project and the valuable service it provides in the town. Norma and her team do an amazing job, helping feed local families.”

Sanctuary encourages applications from charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations to its Grand Ideas Fund. The scheme is designed to support as wide a variety of projects as possible, from youth activities to the improvement of community facilities.

For details on how to apply to the Fund, contact Sanctuary’s community investment team on 01905 334271 or email
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