September 21, 2021

Hungry children ‘stand in line outside Glasgow soup kitchens for school night dinner’

Hungry children line up at local soup kitchens to have a hot dinner on school nights and invite party leaders to participate in the provision and “make a difference”.

Homeless Project Scotland organizers say two schoolchildren left them “heartbroken” after attending their city center facility the meal Tuesday evening

The children, who were “extremely grateful for the food”, were described as between seven and eight years old.

Glasgow Times:

This is the first time teens have used the charity service – which has been running under Helen Mann’s umbrella for almost a year.

Colin McEnice, chairman of the Homeless Project. Scotland“Tuesday night the queue was much larger than usual – there were about 130 people,” he said.

“I started to see someone trying to push in the queue, which obviously didn’t allow him to get our attention. It was as if someone was trying to push their way in the middle.

“Eventually, it came to the front of the line and my heart sank. It was two children, about seven or eight years old.

Volunteers handed out fast food tickets to the teens before they had dinner with their mother.

Glasgow Times: Chairman Colin McEnice.Chairman Colin McEnice.

Colin added: “He was excited and very grateful that he received his food. You could tell he was hungry.

“They were jumping up and down and saying, ‘Oh my God, look at all this food. ”

“They couldn’t get a ticket from me so quickly. I’m a 6’2 big man and he hit me hard – I had to walk a minute because I couldn’t see the kids gathering food on the streets of Glasgow.

“It broke our hearts.”

Now, Colin hopes leaders of every political party in the city can attend the soup kitchen.

“It’s a pity that in this day and age, children on the streets of Glasgow are queuing for some hot meals on school nights.

“I think it’s time for our local representatives to come to our soup kitchens to see what problems the people of Glasgow are facing.

That way, they can be inclined to do something about it and try to make a difference.

“We have in the past sent written invitations to all party leaders, but we have not received any response.

“I will extend this written invitation once again. It is important that the public knows what is happening in this city.

Glasgow Times:

The Argyle Street unit – which used to operate every Friday evening – now operates three times a week to reflect demand.

On average, volunteers distribute about 1,300 meals to those in need every seven days.

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