Middlesbrough Supporters Forum is delighted to announce that 804 KG of food and more than £500 in cash was donated to Middlesbrough Food Bank by generous fans before the recent home game against Reading on Saturday February 10th.
With the support of Middlesbrough Football Club, the Forum arranged a donation point outside the North Stand ticket office for dry and non-perishable foods, or cash donations, to support the invaluable work the Foodbank does in the town.
Generous Boro fans attending the match were joined by Reading supporters in helping to make the initiative a success. Middlesbrough Official Supporters Club and Middlesbrough Supporters South both made significant donations to the cause.
In addition, the Club’s retail shop acted as a drop-off point and Club stewards held their own collection.
It is hoped that further collections will be held in the future and details announced through Middlesbrough Supporters Forum, its affiliated fans’ groups and MFC.
Middlesbrough Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by the Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
It provides three days’ of nutritionally balanced emergency food to local people who are referred in crisis.
‘Fans Supporting Foodbanks’ is an initiative that has been embraced by a number of clubs, including Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle United and Celtic, and is being launched nationally over the next few months.
Caroline Walker, chair of Middlesbrough Supporters Forum, said: “There was never any doubt that Middlesbrough fans would rally round to help those in their local community who are facing a difficult time.
“For Reading fans to also travel with bags of food really topped off a fantastic and heart-warming day.
“The most common question asked was ‘are you doing this again’ and with the great support we received from the football club we hope to do just that.
“We’d like to thank every single person who brought along a donation and also to the volunteers who gave up their time to help out.”
Soroush Sadeghzadeh, Project Manager at Middlesbrough Foodbank, said: “It was great to see the supporters on both sides supporting the work of Middlesbrough Foodbank and we were all overwhelmed by the generosity of people. This is a wonderful response, which will help us in feeding families and individuals who are in crisis in the local community.”
Full details of items always required by the Food Bank can be found here - https://middlesbrough.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/
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