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DGHP’s new EatWell Service has now delivered more than 1000 emergency food parcels to customers in need across Dumfries and Galloway.

Pictured at the EatWell base in Glasgow organising food for pick up by DGHP staff for customers in Dumfries and Galloway are, left to right – John Hopkins, Pamela Rankine, Pauline Thomson and Eddie Lavery

DGHP, part of Wheatley Group, hit the milestone just five weeks after the EatWell service was introduced in Dumfries and Galloway.

EatWell provides emergency food each week to people who are self-isolating or facing hardship and have no-one else to turn to for support.

DGHP’s Managing Director, Matt Foreman, said: “Our team are delivering parcels of much-needed household essentials to communities across Dumfries and Galloway and we know how much these are appreciated from the many calls we are receiving from people saying ‘thank you’.

“We also know that it’s not just families who are struggling financially who are in need of the service – we have customers who simply can’t leave their homes due to the fact they (or someone in their household) is shielding and it’s proving very difficult to get much-needed items – especially in some of our more rural locations.

 

“I would encourage our customers to talk to us if they are in need and if they need some help – our staff are here to help.”

Also, DGHP’s Tenancy Liaison Officer, Susan Smith, picked up some activity packs from EatWell’s depot at Skypark in Glasgow. The packs will be given to DGHP sheltered residents across the region.

On her way from Dumfries to Glasgow Susan also delivered an emergency food parcel to a Lowther Homes customer in Ayrshire. Lowther Homes is also part of Wheatley Group.

Finally, in recognition of the benefits of the service, one of DGHP’s contractors, Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd, this week announced a donation of £1000 towards the EatWell project.

David Smith, Managing Director of Ashleigh, said: “We are very aware that the food parcels being delivered across Dumfries and Galloway, as part of the EatWell service, have become a lifeline over the last few weeks.

“It’s a huge effort that has quickly become a key support service and we hope that our contribution helps them reach out to those who really need it.”

The lifeline service was awarded £350,000 from Scottish Government recently to provide 8500 food parcels across Scotland over the next three month.

If anyone would like to speak to DGHP about the EatWell project, please contact Freephone 0800 011 3447 or email customerservice@dghp.org.uk

DGHP’s Tenancy Liaison Officer, Susan Smith, with some of the activity packs she picked up from the EatWell depot at Skypark, Glasgow.

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