Food bank boost
A north-east property development and commercial leasing company has made a substantial donation to a local food bank initiative.
Waterloo Quay Properties, in Aberdeen, recently organised a food drive with social enterprise Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) and managed to collect more than 300kg of food, toiletries and baby supplies for the food bank in Aberdeen to help those in need.
The firm, which was established in 2008, worked with CFINE to co-ordinate the week-long food collection, encouraging staff and tenants in its properties to donate any surplus food and toiletries.
CFINE, which has been supplying fruit and vegetables to deprived communities since 1996, works with the Food Banks Partnership Aberdeen to distribute food in the area.
Waterloo Quay Properties managing director Anna-Marie Eardley, said: “Our recent food drive has been a real success, with employees and tenants fully supporting the scheme.
“As a firm we are actively committed to helping the community and continually look to support wherever possible.
“With a rising number of people in food poverty, we decided to get involved with CFINE.
“We are now hoping to organise regular food drives and continue our donations throughout the year.”
Christine McLean, of CFINE, said: “If it wasn’t for businesses like Waterloo Quay Properties, we really wouldn’t exist or be able to provide the deprived areas in the city with much-needed supplies and food parcels.
“This kind donation from Waterloo Quay will help to feed over 100 families, so it really will make a huge difference.
“It is also great to hear that they will be continuing to support CFINE with more food drives and help us tackle food poverty in the city.”
Waterloo Quay Properties, which has an extensive range of bespoke, grade A office developments, regularly supports local charities and the community by hosting and taking part in fundraising events such as bake sales, Easter egg donations to hospitals and client nights.