Glasgow's Whisky Festival's foodbank donation drive hailed as a huge success

Drumchapel Foodbank delighted by donations drive at popular drinks festival which saw generous whisky fans donate hundreds of items.

Published 17th Nov 2017
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The team behind the event, which took place at Hampden Park in Glasgow earlier this month, had announced a food drive and ticket giveaway in a bid to get kind-hearted whisky fans donating items for the local foodbank.

The organisers asked people to bring items from their donation list – which were then collected by Drumchapel Foodbank – to the festival, with those who did receiving a raffle ticket in exchange for their generosity, with the winners announced on Facebook this week via a live draw from the Bon Accord pub in the city centre.

Hundreds of items were donated with two van loads making their way to the foodbank.

Ryan McGeady, volunteer coordinator at the foodbank, said: "All of us at Drumchapel Foodbank could not be happier with the result following the collection at Glasgow's Whisky Festival on Saturday.

"The staff, participants and punters were all extremely generous, helpful and welcoming. We would like to thank everyone who took part for their generosity and help. In the end we left with two van loads filled from top to bottom, front to back, which will help us to continue to feed many families in food poverty in Drumchapel and the surrounding areas."

Mark Connelly, director of the popular whisky festival, said: "Glasgow's Whisky Festival are absolutely delighted to have been able to support such a valuable organisation at this time of year in their assistance of those less fortunate.

"The huge response to our foodbank raffle was both unexpected and touching. We collected well over 1500 items of food and toiletries at Hampden Park which we hope will go some way to helping the poorest people in Glasgow.

"All the guests and exhibitors who donated deserve a massive round of applause for getting involved with so much charity and enthusiasm. Congratulations, also, to those who won tickets for the festival next year and we hope to be able to run the foodbank drive again in 2018."

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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