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The Food Train

The Food Train began in 1995 following a community survey of older people that found many of them struggling with their weekly grocery shopping. 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.

The Food Train has three services:

  • Grocery Delivery: For older people living in Dundee who are facing difficulties with grocery shopping
  • Befriending Service: We offer Food Train Friends to older people across the city. Members pay £12 per year which goes to the cost of any excursions or trips
  • Meal Makers: A local meal sharing service for anyone aged 55 years or older. We connect people who love cooking, and are happy to share an extra portion with an older neighbour

The Food Train Service

Local vounteers provide weekly deliveries of fresh groceries to older people who experience difficulties doing their weekly grocery shopping. The shopping delivery service is easy to use:

  • Customers complete a blank shopping list which is collected by our volunteers: a blank shopping list is left with the customer for next time
  • Shopping is completed and delivered by our volunteers at loacal shops on nominated day
  • Shopping is delivered in a box whoch is unpacked by voluntees.  Volunteers will also put things away if needed.
  • Customer pays for shopping and the £5 delivery charge, cash or cheque is acceptable

How much does it cost?

  • £1 for one year’s membership – this is paid when beginning the service and provides access to Extra services as well.
  • £5 per delivery – this is paid alongside the cost of the shopping at the point of delivery.

Find out more

Volunteers are vital to the success of Food Train and without them we wouldn’t be able to operate.

Anyone over the age of 16 can volunteer, subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. The great thing about Food Train is that because of the different roles we offer, volunteering with us can be flexible.

If you want to make a difference to older peoples lives then why not come and join us. If you'd like to know more, we would love to hear from you. You can get in touch with us the following ways:


Suite 4A

Unit 8

Kingsway Park

Whittle Place



Tel: 01382 810944