Scottish charity Food Train is full of festive cheer after being awarded £200,000 by players of People's Postcode Lottery. This award will help grow the charity's vital services to older people across Scotland.
The award will be used to support older people living at home and will go towards growing Food Train's vitally important services such as food access, meal sharing, befriending, and home support services.
The charity can therefore continue reaching more older people who are experiencing social isolation and hunger.
With one in ten older people lonely and one in ten also malnourished, Food Train plays a critical role in supporting older people in their time of need. The charity brings much needed social contact, access to meals and regular food supplies.
With over 1,000 volunteers already supporting 2,800 older people across Scotland, Food Train volunteers are set to bring even more practical help and friendship to our ageing population.
Michelle Carruthers MBE, CEO of Food Train, said, "This amazing award will go such a long way towards our mission to help as many older people as possible to eat well, age well, and live well independently in their own homes.
"In a time where preventable malnutrition and loneliness are on the increase and many older people are invisible in their own homes, this funding will help us reach out to the most vulnerable older people in our communities.
"Thank you so much to players of People's Postcode Lottery for your support."
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "I am delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery are able to support Food Train with this award and help them with their mission to support even more older people live independently at home."