Vulnerable elderly people across East Renfrewshire are to benefit from a new grocery home delivery service.

The groceries will be delivered by state-of-the art electric vans operated by the Food Train charity.

The extension of the service into East Renfrewshire has been made possible thanks to the charity receiving £452,413 from SP Energy Networks’ £20million Green Economy Fund.

Food Train says the electric vans will allow it to reach more people, specifically in rural regions where it is particularly difficult for older people to access public transport and shops.

The vans will also deliver library books and home-cooked meals.

In another benefit, Food Train says it offers a befriending service, connecting older people to volunteers who they can rely on for companionship, whether it’s a phone call, home visit, group activities or outings.

Michelle Carruthers, the charity’s chief executive, said: “Food Train is dedicated to breaking down barriers for older people and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to expand our reach and help more older people to eat well and age well.

“We’re grateful for the contributions of the Green Economy Fund and the support of SP Energy Networks, who’ve allowed us to help more people while also reducing our impact on the environment.”

Frank Mitchell, chief executive of SP Energy Networks, added: We’re delighted to support the Food Train to pursue their green ambitions while expanding their support to even more of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

Food Train currently services seven regions across Scotland, including Renfrewshire, Dumfries and Galloway, West Lothian, Stirling, Dundee, Glasgow and the Borders.

Anyone wishing to join the service should visit