Back in the closing weeks of 2017, at the instigation of Heather, we started collecting donations for the local food bank. To say we were inundated with donations would be putting it mildly: the generosity of our regulars was gobsmacking. We managed to fill several carloads (probably totalling at least two pallets worth) of food and necessities for redistribution to Leith folk in need of a bit of assistance over the festive period. If you donated yourself thank you, you’re a bloody star.

Although, we have carried on accepting goods, it is fair to say that donations have dried up to a trickle. This is totally understandable; the weather is a bit warmer, the festive spirit is long gone and the plight of those going through a rough patch can seem a little bit less urgent. Sadly though, people are still struggling to make ends meet and it’s this time of year that charities have to shout to get your attention.

To give the food bank a boost, we’ve decided to resort to bribery. During May and June, if you bring to the shop any boxed donation* from this list.

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Pasta sauce
  • Lentils, beans and pulses
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tea/coffee
  • Tinned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • UHT milk
  • Fruit juice
  • Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand wipes
  • Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid
  • Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons
  • Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food.

Then we will reward you with a bottle or tin of FREE BEER.

And not skunky, out of date shelf turds, either, just good beer (of our choice) We’ve put a few cases aside for this purpose already and we’ve already been offered a slab from our Edinburgh Beer Week guests. (more on them later this afternoon)

Thanks for listening.


*We ask that donations are in-date, unopened and well packaged, but otherwise, feel free to abuse this idea. If you want to swap us a single bogroll for a bottle of beer, then we will honour it, but you will burn in a pee-pee soaked heck hole for all eternity.