MIDDLESBROUGH FANS GROUP CALLS FOR SUPPORTERS TO ‘LOVE THEIR COMMUNITY’ AND SUPPORT MIDDLESBROUGH FOODBANK

Middlesbrough Supporters Forum is asking generous Boro fans to share a little love with their local community ahead of Valentine’s Day and take a donation for the Middlesbrough Foodbank to the home game against Reading on Saturday February 10th.
 
‘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.
 
With the support of Middlesbrough Football Club, the Forum has arranged a donation point close to the North Stand turnstiles for dry and non-perishable foods, or cash donations, to support the invaluable work the foodbank does in the town.
 
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.
 Caroline Walker, chair of Middlesbrough Supporters Forum, said:  “When it comes to uniting around a good cause football fans are second to none.
 
“I know that Boro fans will rally around to donate to the foodbank to ensure that its stocks are replenished and it can carry on helping local people going through a tough time.
“A van will be parked at the stadium from 12 noon until just before kick-off to collect donations so if anyone is coming to the game, whether from Middlesbrough or Reading, we ask that they give generously.”
  
Soroush Sadeghzadeh, Project Manager at Middlesbrough Foodbank, said: “I’ve always been amazed by the generosity of people who support the work of foodbank. We solely rely on donations in order to provide emergency food for local people in crisis, and I’m really excited about this opportunity.”
 
Items required include:
·    UHT/POWDERED MILK
·    LONG LIFE FRUIT JUICE/CORDIAL
·    SPONGE PUDDINGS
·    COFFEE
·    RICE PUDDING
·    PACKET MASH OR TINNED POTATOES
·    TINNED CARROTS, SWEETCORN, MIXED VEGETABLES
·    TINNED FRUIT
·    TINNED MEAT (HAM, SPAM, CORNED BEEF, HOTDOGS, PIES, STEWS, CURRIES)
 
Full details of the items required can be found here - https://middlesbrough.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/
 
ENDS  
 
NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF MIDDLESBROUGH SUPPORTERS FORUM
 
CONTACT: Caroline Walker 07709 311357
 
Notes to editors:
Middlesbrough Supporters Forum brings together Middlesbrough Football Club supporters groups with the aim of "strengthening fans’ links with the club and ensuring that we can properly debate the issues which affect us all."
Middlesbrough Supporters Forum is independent of Middlesbrough Football Club.
 
SHOPPING LIST
·    PASTA (NOT SPAGHETTI OR LASAGNE SHEETS PLEASE)
·    TINNED PIES
·    BREAKFAST CEREAL
·    MILK - UHT OR POWDERED
·    LONG-LIFE FRUIT JUICE OR CORDIAL/SQUASH
·    TINNED RICE PUDDING
·    JAM/MARMALADE/PEANUT BUTTER/CHOCOLATE SPREAD
·    BISCUITS (SWEET RATHER THAN SAVOURY)
·    SNACKS/TREATS EG BARS OF CHOCOLATE, CRISPS
·    TINNED VEGETABLES (CARROTS, SWEETCORN, MIXED VEG)
·    TINNED POTATOES OR PACKET MASH
·    PACKET SOUPS ("CUP-A-SOUP")
·    TIN/CARTON CUSTARD OR POWDER MIX
 
WE'VE GOT PLENTY OF
·    PEAS (GARDEN AND MUSHY)
·    SOUP