Glasgow Given Food For Thought
21 September 2014, 21:32
Hundreds of bags of food have been donated to an impromptu foodbank that started amid a gathering of peace campaigners.
Andrew Carnegie was there delivering a speech on unity when members of the public began dropping off bags of groceries when they heard about his foodbank.
The square was the setting for ugly scenes on Friday after trouble flared following the referendum result.
Mr Carnegie was delivering a message of peace and reconciliation there the following day when passers-by started to bring bags of food as he started talking about poverty.
The 45-year-old, who runs the Glasgow's Needy project with his son Darren, 25, has been collecting and sharing food across the city for 12 years.
He said he was 'overwhelmed' by people's generosity as donations piled up throughout Saturday and Sunday.
'I would say we have about 2,000 bags here and we left George Square with eight vans and 11 cars filled with food. It's all quality food from top supermarkets,' he said.
'Tomorrow, after I wake up and walk my dog, I will start taking action and separating the food. If necessary, I will provide food to other foodbanks.'
Mr Carnegie said his project works by visiting people they know are in need across the city and he believes the weekend's contributions will keep the foodbank stocked for weeks.
'It's been overwhelming, I've been doing this most of my life and it's madness what happened here today.
'We've had people coming here from Perth, Aberdeen and across Scotland who had heard about this. They came here to drop off food and that's just overwhelming.
'Something great happened here today and I'm overjoyed.'