A PILOT project aiming to cut down on food waste and help Barrhead families save money has been declared such a success that the organisers want to make it a permanent fixture.

Over the summer period, local volunteers supported by Corra Foundation partnered with Crookston Community Group to host a local foodshare hub at Dunterlie Resource Centre.

Food sharing is all about bringing food which is in danger of going to waste from local retailers, large and small, to local communities who can use the food, filling their fridges for free. And the practice is gaining traction in Scotland.

The six-week pilot at Dunterlie Resource Centre proved very popular, drawing up to 30 people a week from the local community. 

Wednesday mornings were an opportunity to bring people together for a cup of tea, a chat and participation in the initiative, which also received some generous donations of fresh, locally grown, fruit and vegetables from Young Enterprise Scotland.

Now that the pilot is over a group of local people are keen to see the return of the Foodshare and are looking for help and support. 

Community co-ordinator Laura Mathieson said: “This is another amazing example of local people and organisations coming together to make a difference in Dunterlie. 

“There are a number of things that have to be in place in order for the Foodshare to continue including transport for the food, food hygiene certificates for local volunteers and somewhere to safely store refrigerated food. We also need the time and energy of local people to make this happen.”

If you think you might be able to help, the group would love to hear from you. Call or text Laura on 07867500751 or message the ‘Dunterlie Our Community’ Facebook page.