Member's debate: All Aboard the Food Train

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Scottish Labour MSP Elaine Murray praised the invaluable work of the charity Food Train during a member's debate on 5 December 2013.

Established in 1995, Food Train was set-up to assist older members of the community struggling with their weekly shopping by providing a home delivery service.

Originally serving Dumfries, Food Train now operates in six areas across Scotland.

Services have also been expanded to include helping with more strenuous household tasks and befriending services.

Recently, Food Train received a Big Lottery Fund Scotland award of almost £600,000 to support and develop their befriending service across Dumfries and Galloway.

Ms Murray highlighted research showing 90,000 older people are malnourished in Scotland.

She said the "frailties of age don't discriminate" and expressed her hope the service could eventually expand across the whole of Scotland.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess welcomed the lottery funding and recognised Food Train's work as "vital" for older people.

Ms Burgess said that while she wanted older people to live independently for as long as possible, "the one thing none of us want to see is older people isolated in their own home."

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