Nobody can tell at this stage whether the Red Cross hall in Helensburgh, now up for sale, will go to a company or community group prepared to let current users continue to operate in the property.

It must be a particularly vital time for the Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank, who have seen their “client” base expand as a mix of austerity budgeting and benefit sanctions cause more and more people to accept the kindness of strangers to keep their domestic show on the road.

What I fear for this charity outlet, and others like it all over the country, is that the upcoming months will strain their operation beyond breaking point.

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At this stage we don’t know whether we will be leaving the EU without any kind of deal – a circumstance which everyone seems to believe would lead to shortages and delays in supplies, not least in foodstuffs.

Admittedly this would principally affect fresh food, but the obvious knock-on effect of that is everyone who could buy fresh turning to tinned substitutes.

And that, in turn, leads inexorably to the kind of panic stockpiling we all know is counter productive, but is also a thought harboured by all shoppers faced with the prospect of empty fridges and bare cupboards.

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Like everyone else, I try to stay positive. But like everyone else I haven’t a clue what life is going to be like next week, let alone two months down the road.