Councillor Peter Barrett with the Asda Dunkeld Road team collecting a trolley full of tinned food for the GoT Boxes
Perth City Centre Councillor Peter Barrett paid thanks to ASDA for supporting local community food larders in Muirton and North Muirton. Nine Give-or-Take boxes, GoT Boxes, have been operating in the area under the SAINTS in the Community Trust since the Covid crisis after Cllr Barrett stepped in to keep the larder scheme going and the boxes supplied with food.
Councillor Barrett said. “We have just received a tremendous donation of tinned foods for the GoT boxes from ASDA. I want to thank them for the way they responded to our appeal for help, it’s great..”
Anna Jellye, ASDA’s Community Life Colleague based at the Dunkeld Road Super-store, said. “ASDA are committed to supporting local community food initiatives and have been regular donors to the GoT boxes. When we received Councillor Barrett’s appeal we were delighted to help and give back something to the community where we are based.”
Councillor Barrett said. “The Got boxes are providing over two hundred meals a week to residents in Muirton and North Muirton. People give food when they can and can take it when they need it. They are a great example of community cohesion and kindness. But even with really generous support from local residents, the demand for food assistance outstrips supply. That’s where donations like this from ASDA make a real difference. The GoT boxes are available 24/7 and offer stigma-free access to food without the need for referral.”
The Lib Dem councillor also made an appeal for public donations of food. Peter Barrett said. “Saints in the Community are able to uplift donations from anyone in Perth who would like to give food and help their neighbours. The SAINTS provide a contactless service, all you need to do is call 07541 481819 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will collect from your doorstep.”