West Lothian Foodbank food collection

On Saturday 8 December, pre-match at home against St Mirren, Livingston FC and West Lothian Foodbank would like to invite all supporters who are attending the match to bring a donation which will help local people facing crisis ahead of the Christmas period.

The foodbank, a member of The Trussell Trust’s network, which reported a 12% increase in referrals over the last six months, believes that the local increase is due to people struggling with continued issues with benefit payments, insecure work and low incomes. As part of a national network campaigning for change, the foodbank is working hard to offer practical emergency support to help prevent people affected going hungry over Christmas and beyond.

The foodbank is asking Livingston FC supporters to bring vital items required, including:

  • Cartons of long-life juice
  • Diluting juice (1L or 1.5L)
  • Instant potato
  • Jars of curry Sauce
  • Sponge pudding
  • Tinned custard
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned cold meat
  • Tinned potato
  • Tinned rice pudding
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Tinned tuna
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Toilet rolls
  • Washing up liquid
  • Deodorant
  • Soap powder
  • Tin openers

There will be a clearly marked designated drop off station outside the stadium on match day for supporters to donate items.

West Lothian Foodbank Manager, Kathleen Neilly, said:

“We are extremely grateful to Livingston FC and its supporters for thinking of us at Christmas. No one in West Lothian should need to use a foodbank and we want to see an end to local people requiring emergency food. We are dedicated to ensuring that people in our community with no money for food are able to access emergency support, and that has only been possible in the last year because of the incredible generosity shown by the local community in donating food, time and funds.”

Livingston FC Director, John Ward, said:

“Food banks are an unfortunate aspect of our society, but we are delighted to be involved and support the work that the Foodbank does in the community for those most in need, especially over the festive period. And we encourage all fans to join us.“

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