A TRIO of generous local businesses have explained why they wanted to get behind the Tele’s campaign to put food on the table for needy families across Inverclyde.

James Frew Ltd, Whiteside Memorials and Hagan Pharmacy have all kindly sponsored your newspaper’s ‘Bags of Goodwill’ campaign – which calls on readers to make vital donations to help local families who have found themselves in hardship.

The Telegraph will be sending out donation bags with every copy of the paper on April 26.

These bags can be filled with vital items and returned to the Telegraph to help restock the local Inverclyde Foodbank’s supplies.

All readers have to do is fill them and drop them in at the Greenock Telegraph public counter. Our office at 2 Crawfurd Street is open from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Thursday.

John Hagan, who owns Hagan Pharmacy on Grieve Road, said he was pleased to support the campaign.

He added: “For me this was about giving back to the community, I like to do things for our local area.

“The community is very important to us here.

“The people who are coming in to see can often be the same people who use the pantry and we’re happy to support them.”

Greenock Telegraph: Local businesses support Telegraph's 'Bags of Goodwill' campaign.

David Whiteside, owner of Whiteside Memorials in Greenock, has also thrown his weight behind the worthy cause.

He said: “It’s something we’re very happy to be supporting.

“We’re a family business and supporting campaigns like this is very important to us.

“I’ve got two young children myself and when you see what some local families are having to go through it doesn’t bear thinking about.

“It’s hard to imagine not being able to put food on the table and that’s something we hope this campaign will help rectify.”

Greenock Telegraph: Local businesses support Telegraph's 'Bags of Goodwill' campaign.

Property services firm James Frew opened up their Greenock premises in September last year and have 40 members of staff based locally.

They maintain properties across Inverclyde for River Clyde Homes, Cloch Housing, Oak Tree and Larkfield housing associations as well as their own private contracts.

Maintenance manager in Inverclyde Alan McKeegan said: "It is heartbreaking to think that there are children out there who are going hungry, one child is one too many.

"It could happen to any one of us, anyone can fall on hard times and need help, and the foodbank is there for people when they need it most.

"That is why we are right behind this campaign and proud to be sponsors.

"The Inverclyde Foodbank do incredible work and help so many families.

"We will be doing whatever we can here in Inverclyde to collect as many food donations as we can and are encouraging others to do so as well.”

Greenock Telegraph: Local businesses support Telegraph's 'Bags of Goodwill' campaign.

Helpful items to include in the donation bags are as follows:

Non–perishable food items - pasta sauce, tinned soup (not tomato), tinned meat, tinned tomatoes, tins of meatballs, stewed steak, chill con carne, ravioli, tinned vegetables and potatoes, tea, coffee, tinned fruit, tinned custard/rice pudding, biscuits, UHT milk, diluting juice.

Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shampoo, soap.

Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid

Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons

Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food