Big-hearted bus drivers in Aberdeen have made a much needed stop at city food bank after they heard it was running out of stock.
Drivers from local bus operator First Aberdeen clubbed together to donate items to CFINE (Community Food Initiatives North East) food bank on Poynernook Road.
They set up a food donation area in their control room at First Aberdeen’s King Street headquarters and appealed to colleagues to join in under a month-long Food Bank Friday initiative.
First Aberdeen has also agreed to further support the drivers’ efforts by donating 100 free bus tickets to help local families in need get around.
School bus driver Ian Hay championed the idea.
He said: “It’s a sad fact that there are a lot of people out there who are struggling – homeless people, unemployed people and even working families on low wages who are finding it hard to feed their children properly.
“I had been making regular donations of items to a food bank in Aberdeen for some time when one of the volunteers there asked me if other people at First had ever considered helping out. It got me thinking, so I filled in a form and put it in the staff suggestion box.
“It’s working really well and we are passing on lots of stuff to the local food bank and we’re encouraging even more colleagues to get involved and to make regular donations of non-perishable food.”
Christine McLean of the food bank said: “It was a lovely gesture.”