The Food Train has received £450,000 for nine new state-of-the-art electric vehicles, which will be used across the nine regions of Scotland it serves.
The money has come from SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund, and one of the new vehicles will be used in Dumfries and Galloway, to support vulnerable people by providing a lifeline grocery delivery service.
Food Train helps more than 3000 vulnerable people across Scotland, and since receiving the funding they have expanded services.
CEO at SP Energy Networks (SPEN) Frank Mitchell said: “We’re extremely proud to support Food Train and the work they are carrying out to help vulnerable people in communities across Scotland.
“Investing in our communities and helping vulnerable customers is core to what we do, so we’re pleased to provide a fleet of state-of-the-art electric vehicles to allow Food Train to carry out their work more sustainably.
“The Food Train project is a great example of the difference our funding can make for vulnerable people and the environment.”
Chief Executive of Food Train Michelle Carruthers expressed delight at the significant support from SPEN.
She said: “Giving a helping hand to vulnerable people in communities across Scotland is at the heart of what we do – now we can say the service helps the environment too.”
Food Train operates through teams of volunteers who go that extra mile by helping with household jobs, delivering books through the charity’s library service and providing friendly social contact and meals through its Meal Makers and befriending services.