A city centre cafe has teamed up with Dundee Foodbank in a bid to brighten up the festive season for those struggling to cope.
Customers at Marwick’s on Union Street can buy a £2.50 “suspended” gift voucher for someone less fortunate. That is then passed to the foodbank to include in a food parcel.
The cafe ran a similar “suspended” scheme last year. However, this new system will ensure that the vouchers – good for a hot drink or soup – will reach those who need them the most.
And because they look the same as the cafe’s normal gift vouchers there is less stigma attached to redeeming them in store.
Marwick’s will also open late for a couple of nights in December to welcome those less fortunate for free soup and mince pies.
Cafe co-owner Lois Marwick said: “With things like Universal Credit coming in and people having to wait longer for money, things are a lot harder for some people at the moment.”
The cafe, which switched to an all-vegan menu at the start of this year, also continues to accept vegan-friendly donations all year round which it will pass on to Dundee Foodbank.