The Gate moves to tackle food poverty

GLASGOW bar The Gate is doing its part to tackle food poverty in the city through a new charity initiative.

The bar has teamed with Glasgow Saints FC – an amateur football club formed in March to support local charity initiatives and organisations – to raise money for food poverty charity the Kindness Homeless Street Team.

The organisation, launched during the March lockdown, provides food, clothing, toiletries and emotional support to homeless people in the city.

Starting today (Tuesday November 10) the ‘Close the Distance’ charity drive will see The Gate introduce a ‘kindness cocktail’ to its takeaway offer, the profits from which will go the Kindness Homeless Street Team.

The first cocktail, the East of the City Sour combines Arbikie gin with cassis, cranberry, rosemary and citrus and is priced £10 for two cocktails. A new cocktail will be introduced every week.

Glasgow Saints FC will spend the month collecting donations of warm or waterproof clothing, as well as dry foods and personal hygiene products.

Phil Robins of The Gate said: “‘Closing the distance’ is an expression used a lot in professional boxing, meaning stepping in and moving past your opponent’s guard, so that you can go to work on them at close range. We want to take that action and use it in a positive way, stepping past current obstacles and working closely with other community-based organisations to find ways of safely helping those in need, especially at this time.”