More than 3,000 vulnerable people across Scotland have benefited from 150,000 grocery deliveries as Food Train expanded its electric delivery fleet following funding from our Green Economy Fund, boosting critical services to tackle food poverty.
Food Train, which received more than £450,000 from our Green Economy Fund for nine new state-of-the-art electric vehicles, supports vulnerable people in communities across Scotland by providing a lifeline grocery delivery service.
Since receiving the funding, the charity has expanded its services to make daily life easier for older people across the country. It uses the brand-new electric delivery vehicles to provide vital services including supplying groceries to those who are no longer able to manage independently due to age, ill health, frailty or disability.
As well as growing the service, moving to electric vehicles has also reduced the carbon footprint of Food Train, with the organisation’s carbon emissions per electric delivery vehicle approximately two thirds less than their old diesel vehicles.
Our CEO 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 Scottish and UK governments have ambitious plans to achieve net zero emissions and investing in community projects like this makes big strides towards a cleaner future for all of us. We created the Green Economy Fund to help those who need it most – ensuring no community is left behind as the UK benefits from moves to cleaner and green energy. The Food Train project is a great example of the difference our funding can make for vulnerable people and the environment.”
Michelle Carruthers, Chief Executive of Food Train, said: “We’re delighted to have support from SP Energy Networks to expand and sustain our services using the fleet of electric vehicles. 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 dedicated local volunteers who go that extra mile by helping with household jobs, delivering books through the charity’s library service and providing much needed friendly social contact and meals through its Meal Makers and befriending services.
Food Train serves nine regions across Scotland including Dumfries & Galloway, West Lothian, Stirling, Dundee, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and the Scottish Borders. With the latest green additions to their fleet, Food Train has recently introduced services in East Renfrewshire and Clackmannanshire. Supporting these communities is essential and with the help of the Green Economy Fund they can now do so sustainably.
As part of expanding its ambitious project to support and protect vulnerable people, Food Train has extended its support to other local authority areas via its new Food Train Connects service, which matches older people requiring a helping hand with a volunteer living nearby.
Further information on Food Train services and how to sign up as a volunteer is available at www.thefoodtrain.co.uk.