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The Food Train
Updated - 07.04.11

Food Train began in Dumfries in 1995 following a community survey of older people that found many of them struggling with their weekly grocery shopping; an idea was developed to ease this burden on older people.  A partnership of local shops and volunteers formed and Food Train began making deliveries of fresh groceries to older people in need with the help of local volunteers and shops.

It operated very successfully in Dumfries town area between 1995 and 2002 but the founder members knew there was potential to expand the service across the region.  A four year funding package from the Scottish Executive ‘Better Neighbourhood Services Fund' awarded in 2002 allowed staff to be recruited to develop Food Train and deliver grocery support across all Dumfries & Galloway.  By 2006, the grocery delivery service was fully operational across the region and the board focused on the evidenced needs of the members and developed Food Train 'EXTRA' - an additional household/handyman support service.  More recently a third service has been added in Dumfries & Galloway, again responding to the needs of our elderly members with a befriending service.

In 2008, Food Train began researching, planning and preparing to expand Food Train into other parts of Scotland.  The Scottish Government, Community Food & Health (Scotland) and West Lothian Council have supported us and our new West Lothian Food Train is up and running, clearly demonstrating our ability to transfer our successful model geographically.

From its early days of a few deliveries every week to a handful of customers, Food Train is now a thriving multi award winning charity covering Dumfries & Galloway and West Lothian with a view to developing far and wide across Scotland.

Mission, Vision and Values

The Food Train is a grocery shopping, befriending and household support service for older people assisting and enabling them to live at home independently for as long as they are able.


Our aim is to support older people to live independently at home.  Our preventative services address the difficulty older people face getting their weekly grocery shopping, doing jobs around the house and the growing isolation that comes with failing health.  We also aim to provide a wide range of supported volunteering opportunities for people of all age and ability.

For further info, contact:

Michelle McCrindle
Chief Executive
30 Castle Street
Dumfries & Galloway

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210