The Food Train
Food Train, a service unique to Dumfries and Galloway, began in 1995 following a community survey of older people that found many of them struggling with their weekly grocery shopping; an idea was developed to ease this burden on older people. A partnership of local shops and volunteers formed and Food Train was born, becoming a limited Company in 1995. Charitable status was awarded in 1996 followed by Domiciliary Care approval by the Local Council in 1997.
It operated very successfully in Dumfries town area between 1995 and 2002 but the founder members knew there was potential to expand the service across the region. A four year funding package from the Scottish Executive ‘Better Neighbourhood Services Fund' awarded in 2002 allowed staff to be recruited to develop Food Train and deliver grocery support across all Dumfries & Galloway, from when it has gone from strength to strength.
Food Train have a willing and able suppy of volunteers here in the Stewartry. They are based at Kirkcudbright Community Centre between the Academy and the Swimming Pool.
To access the service customers must be unable or have difficulty getting their grocery shopping. Customers can self refer or be referred by anyone, there are no forms to fill in and the service can begin immediately. Customers use the service weekly, fortnightly, monthly and short term or long term to suit their own needs. Deliveries are made within Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie and Gatehouse of Fleet Towns, their outlying areas and surrounding villages.
Contact Details: Carlingwark Cottage, The Buchan, Castle Douglas, DG7 1TH. Tel: 01556 288427. More details are available on their website