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Fans Supporting Foodbanks – October 2017

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Football fans from across the country will be meeting in the North East next month to discuss football’s role in aiding Britain’s foodbanks.

The event, held at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, will bring together fans to learn about the impact football fans have had on the operation of foodbanks and the volume of public donations.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne is home to the country’s biggest foodbank, the Newcastle West End Foodbank, which has established a donation point on matchdays outside St James’ Park since January 2017.

The collection point, manned by volunteer movement NUFC Fans Foodbank, has supplied tonnes of donated food items from match-going supporters.

Last week, FSF-associate members True Faith fanzine raised £3,000 for the foodbank by hosting a talk-in with the north east press pack.

Supporters can also be found aiding foodbanks in the North West. FSF affiliates Everton Supporters’ Trust and the Spirit of Shankly have formed a partnership to help local foodbanks fill shortages with matchday donations.

The St. James’ Park event is being sponsored by Newcastle United and the club’s catering partner, Sodexo Prestige, who both continue to support Newcastle West End Foodbank.

It will include input from various foodbank organisers, MPs and local councillors to enable fans to learn more about the challenges facing foodbanks and how they can link up with supporters.

Fans Supporting Foodbanks: St James’ Park, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Friday 13th October from 11am to 3pm. Kindly supported by Newcastle United FC and Sodexo Prestige.

Thanks to Dun Deagh for the image used in this article. Reproduced here under Creative Commons license.

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