THIS week sees the start of our Greenock Telegraph donation drive for Inverclyde Foodbank, to help struggling families across the district in these trying times.

The 'Bags of Goodwill' appeal has brought Green Oak Funeral Services, Clyde Metals Recycling, Inverclyde Taxis, Whiteside Memorials, Hagan Pharmacy and James Frew together to tackle the blight of poverty that pervades our community.

Our action group is encouraging customers and Tele readers to donate as much badly needed food as possible for households that have fallen on hard times.

Pic1: This picture shows children of Newark Primary School with some of the food items they collected from family and friends to bolster Inverclyde Foodbank in 2021.

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Pic2: St Columba's High School debating team are seen here handing over a donation to Inverclyde Foodbank. The charity benefitted from the team's debating skills after the young speakers scooped a whopping £3,000 in a competition run by Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Scotland in 2014.

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Pic3: Workers at Tesco's Port Glasgow store stepped forward to give the Inverclyde Foodbank a welcome hand when they set up their own food donation scheme in 2013.

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Pic4: Pupils of St Andrew's Primary School in Greenock posed up for the Tele camera in 2013 when they invited Inverclyde Foodbank to fill their visiting van with much-needed items for those less fortunate.

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Pic5: Lady Alice Primary School pupils got a chance to visit Inverclyde Foodbank's then-headquarters on Greenock's West Blackhall Street in 2012.

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The kids studied the work done there, and learned how we can all make a positive contribution to the vital charity.