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National fans & foodbanks event

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

Fans and anti-poverty campaigners from across the country are heading to Liverpool next week to promote the work of supporters on foodbanks.

The Fans Supporting Foodbanks group will be hosting the event, the second national conference looking at the relationship between football supporters and foodbanks, at St George’s Hall in Liverpool on Friday 19th October.

This year’s one-day conference is themed “Celebrating the effectiveness of fan-activism in the community” and is open to all members of the football family in the UK and Ireland.

Chair of Fans Supporting Foodbanks Dave Kelly said: “We want to give encouragement to football fans, campaigners and businesses and show them what can be done by football fans coming together to help combat food poverty locally.

“This grassroots initiative has caught the imagination in the UK. And whilst we wish that there wasn’t a need for foodbanks, for as long as there is, we view football fans getting together for the greater good of their communities as a good thing.”

The inaugural Fans Supporting Foodbanks national event took place last autumn at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park. It was hosted by the FSF and attended by supporters’ groups from across English and Scottish football.

Thanks to Patrick Robert Doyle for the image used in this article. Reproduced here under Creative Commons license.

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