Start Up Stirling launches summer campaign as foodbank charity marks 30th anniversary

Start Up Stirling is a well-regarded charity in the city
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Foodbank charity Start Up Stirling is inviting local communities to join them in June and July to say ‘Hello Summer’.

The charity has been supporting people in hardship across the Stirling Council area for 30 years this year.

Its latest campaign is all about welcoming summer, and marking their 30th anniversary with some birthday parties and special fundraising events.

The campaign starts a little earlier this year, as they are inviting their friends in the community to support them with crisis food donations before children and young people go on their summer holidays, so they can provide extra food support throughout their break.

This has been the charity’s busiest year ever, with the equivalent of 146,000 meals being provided, and it needs help to boost its food stocks.

Start Up Stirling’s community and fundraising manager Julie Christie said, “We are approaching what may be our busiest summer to date in terms of people accessing Crisis Food, and we are already supporting over 400 people each week with our services.

“Our Hello Summer! Campaign is a great time for people in our communities to engage with us, by donating food, funds or school bags to help us to continue to provide support for people living in hardship when they need it most.

“This is an extra special year, as we mark 30 years of support and we have a couple of really special events happening that people can get involved with, to help us to raise the crucial funds that we need for the charity, as well as holding some birthday parties and summer outings at our community hubs.

“Start Up Stirling supports people in need 52 weeks of the year, and that doesn’t stop because the sun is out.”

The charity has a Summer Shopping List with the items that are needed most to boost their supplies.

This is a time when the organisation traditionally tend to receive fewer donations, but need to increase the food support that is provided during the summer holidays.

Any donation, large or small, makes a big difference to the people that need support from the charity’s Crisis Food service.

Donations can be left at their donation stations across the area, or by dropping your items off at their warehouse at 16B Whitehouse Road, Stirling FK7 7SP.

To make larger donations, ring their office on 01786 561027 for more information.

Donations of school bags and their contents are also being sought to give children a good start when returning to school after the holidays.

There is an Amazon wishlist to provide some ideas, or you can select some items from the Back to School Shopping list. Donations can be left in supermarket donation stations throughout the area, or at their warehouse.

Local venues and retailers can also host a Donation Station during the Summer Campaign.

Financial donations are also always welcome.

Fundraising events over the summer include Tesco Stirling’s food donation days on June 27-28 from 10am-4pm.

Legends at the Monument Coffee House is donating 50p from each scone sold to the charity in July plus £1 from the sale of each of their Braveheart Bears in their gift shop.

Plumbase at Broadleys Industrial Park is holding a charity trade market on Friday July 19 from 8am-2pm with 35 trade stalls, a barbecue and a raffle.

Start Up is also hosting two special events to mark their 30th anniversary - a birthday bash on Friday, August 30 and a Jacobites Concert on Thursday, September 12.

The charity supports those most in need with an array of donated items
The charity supports those most in need with an array of donated items -Credit:START UP STIRLING

Start Up Stirling’s services now include its Crisis Food Service - providing food parcels for people in the local area who have been referred for support via its 41 referral agencies.

Food is distributed via its eight community hubs - in Raploch, St Ninians, Callander, Killin, Bannockburn, Plean, Fallin and Cowie - and a rural delivery service.

It also has toiletry, emergency and welcome packs, as well as Home Starter Packs, which provide the basics to help people set up their new tenancy including cutlery, pans, crockery and towels.

As part of the 30th anniversary fundraising, there is a 30 items for 30 years campaign, to encourage people to donate items for the Home Starter packs.