Glasgow Council dismisses Queen’s Park ‘community pantry’ without warning

COUNCIL bosses removed a community pantry refrigerator set up by volunteers at Queen’s Park for fear of “misuse”.

The South Side Food Not Bombs group unveiled their fully stocked refrigerator, chained to the fence on the main road near the park’s Victoria Road entrance.

But this morning, organizers noticed that the refrigerator had been taken away and was nowhere to be found.

This, along with all of its contents, had been removed, leaving only the grid at the back of the container.

The Glasgow Times asked if Glasgow City Council was responsible for the move and a spokesperson confirmed that was the case.

Food Not Bombs told the Glasgow Times: “We are really angry that the council has directly interfered with our attempt to provide vital resources to our community.

“The reason the pantry was created is that the government is not fulfilling its duty to ensure the basic needs of its citizens.

“We have handled so many requests from people who cannot afford food, diapers, formula, etc.

“There are people who are struggling to feed themselves and keep their children alive because of government neglect.

“Instead of trying to make things better, they are in direct opposition to our efforts to make a difference for our community.”

The council spokesperson said: “We understand the good intentions behind this idea, but we were concerned that the unattended refrigerator could be misused and harm someone in need.

“Overall, we felt the safest option was to remove it.”

The community pantry was greeted when it opened, providing food, toiletries and formula to anyone in need.

A notebook and pen were left inside the refrigerator for people to add special requests.
On the Food Not Bombs Facebook page, the group wrote: “Ta daaah! please welcome the world to our brand new community pantry.

“No references, no means tests, no worries.

“It is currently full of snacks, formula, pasta, diapers, tomato sauce, sanitary products, water, jam, beans, toothpaste, curry, shampoo and baby wipes.”

Norma P. Rex

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