Central Dalkeith and Woodburn Pantry receives £1500 donation

Monday April 15th 2024


from left to right: Stephen Reidie (Head Chef, Loretto School), Pat Wilson (Volunteer), Wilma Mack (Volunteer), Sandra McKenzie (Volunteer), Claire Reidie (Volunteer), Karen Soar (Lead Volunteer) and Ann Stewart-Kmicha (Vounteer).

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Central Dalkeith and Woodburn Pantry based at the MARC building on Woodburn Road, Dalkeith, were the grateful recipients of a donation of £1500 from food wholesaler, Fife Creamery Ltd.

Nominated by Stephen Reidie, Head Chef at Loretto School, this donation is just the latest of monthly donations pledged by the Fife based wholesale food firm to go to good causes across Scotland. These local good causes are nominated by the staff and customers of all those Cafes, Convenience Stores, Butchers, Hotels and all other food businesses that deal directly with Fife Creamery.

“We are really pleased that this month’s donation will be going to such a worthwhile cause supporting those facing challenges in the Dalkeith and Woodburn community” said Suzanne Johnston of Fife Creamery.

Opened in October 2022 the Pantry now has more than 450 active members using their service, they are a local food initiative where any household in the Central Dalkeith and Woodburn area can sign up to a free membership and then do a weekly shop for £3.50, with members entitled to 10 points to spend on groceries, bakery items, hygiene products, and they also provide fantastic fresh fruit and vegetables free of charge.

Karen Soar, Lead Volunteer said, “The donation from Fife Creamery of £1500 will make a huge impact on our membership and we are so grateful, we are already planning on how we can most effectively use this generous donation.

Stephen Reidie said: “I nominated the Central Dalkeith and Woodburn Pantry as I am a local resident in Woodburn and I’m fully aware of the work they do in the community. I’ve been a customer of Fife Creamery for 4 years now and was delighted when the opportunity came along to get involved in their Community Engagement Programme”

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