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Food Train launches BOXtober drive

DUMFRIES and Galloway residents can directly support older people in the region by sponsoring boxes which carry lifeline shopping deliveries to over-65s in their homes.

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Food Train launches BOXtober drive

Food Train has launched a fundraising campaign and has declared this month BOXtober – giving people throughout the region the opportunity to sponsor the boxes which carry essential groceries delivered to those who would otherwise struggle.

A £10 donation will sponsor a box for 12 months.

The drive comes as Food Train grapples with rising electricity and fuel costs to ensure its volunteers can be there for those who need them.

The charity helps people aged 65 and over to eat well and live well in their own homes through their shopping delivery, meal making and befriending services.

All money raised locally through BOXtober will go directly towards supporting older people in the region.

Emma Black, from Food Train said: “Sponsoring a box might sound a simple act, but it makes a remarkable difference to our work to support older people across Dumfries and Galloway.”

In tandem with fundraising, the charity – which achieved a 27-year dream by opening up in Dumfries town centre this summer — is also using the appeal to encourage people to check in with their neighbours to ensure they are safe and well.

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