The Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank has issued a new plea for donations of plastic carrier bags, egg boxes and particular food items to help those in greatest need in the area as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic bite ever harder.

The food bank is in particular need of cartons of long life milk, jars of pasta sauce, small packets of pasta (500g), small packets of savoury rice (250g), small packets of rice (500g), tins of tuna/sardines, tins of meat, tinned potatoes, tinned fruit, tinned tomatoes, boxes of breakfast cereals and boxes of cereal bars.

Donations can be left at the donation points in Waitrose, the Co-op and the McColl's store in West Princes Street, or in the rear car park at the back of the Red Cross Hall on Glenfinlas Street.

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The food bank also needs clean, unused plastic carrier bags after health officials instructed them to stop using the multi-use hessian bags they provide to clients with food packages.

They also desperately need egg boxes (reused ones are fine) for the loose eggs that have been donated.

Bags and egg boxes can be dropped off at Tweedie in West Clyde Street and they will pass them on to the food bank.

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