Published On: Wed, Sep 24th, 2014 at 2:11pm

Food bank fundraiser

An organisation which provides food banks in Glasgow for people in crisis is expanding and stepping up its fund-raising activities in order to keep up with demand for its services.

Destiny Angels is one of the Social Action Initiatives led by Destiny Church, a contemporary Christian movement based in Glasgow. Destiny Angels, who are currently distributing over 200 hampers a week, as well as clothing, are seeing and supporting people through their crisis and seeing lives turned around.

Last year, Destiny Angels, which also has ministries in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Stirling and Inverness, supported more than 2000 families in Glasgow, providing – as well as regular aid – 1200 Christmas hampers and toys for 800 children.

Destiny Angels in Glasgow operates out of the Destiny Centre on 37 South Portland Street in the heart of the Gorbals. It is experiencing seemingly never ending increase in demand for services which include; mentoring, advocacy and coaching as well as supporting some of the most vulnerable and marginalised in our community with food and clothing.

Now the ministry, which is experiencing continually increasing demand for basic food aid in Scotland, is leaving its premises in the old Clydesdale Bank on Cathedral Street and moving to a bigger space on the 11th floor of the Strathclyde University Union.

LG Event Logistics is hosting one of the most major fund-raising events in Destiny Church’s event fundraising calendar at 1120 Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands, Glasgow, on 27 September. The event will include a ceilidh, a team quiz and other entertainments.

Organiser Leah Gillott said: “The need for help is clearly obvious on our streets 24 hours a day. The people we help often have nowhere else to turn. This is not about supporting a charity; it’s about supporting our cities and our communities.

“Our latest fundraiser will bring in money for our food bank in the Gorbals area of the city, and will help us to support people emotionally, spiritually and, as importantly, practically.”

Destiny Angels started as a local church initiative at Destiny Church Glasgow in 2007 and have been active continually since, building relationships with people experiencing the extremes of poverty in the city.

In one of the latest initiatives the organisation will expand its food bank programme to include a specialised storage unit for fresh fruit and vegetables, allowing it to provide needy families with healthy food as well as staples.

Destiny Angels in the Gorbals also provide a community based setting where people can come from all over the city to twice-weekly drop-ins where they get support from a team of trained staff and volunteers.

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