In December 2019, following consultation with Newham Council, LS185 and the LLDC, we were given permission to collect donations for the Newham Foodbank based in Beckton. They supply food parcels through 7 centres throughout Newham. The demand on foodbanks had grown progressively and we were hopeful that with over 1 million visitors attending games at the London Stadium over a season, that we could make a difference to our local community. Following the successful trial at the Leicester City game, we were given permission to continue collecting at every home game, subject to any ‘high risk’ games. By the end of February we were collecting approx. £700 per game in food value and cash.       

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League draw on 27 August, 1st group game 16 September

A successful Easter Egg Appeal

Thanks to the wide-ranging support we enjoy, we were able to distribute over 5,700 Easter eggs throughout Newham this year. Supplying families using Newham Foodbank, the AAA in Canning Town, and several church foodbanks from Stratford to North Woolwich, we are delighted to acknowledge the donations made by so many, including joint Chairman David Sullivan, the club, new West Ham Women’s sponsor Rainer Hughes, Spire London East Hospital, regulars at the Victoria Tavern, and many West Ham fans and friends.

We hope that we’ve been able to make a small difference to so many children this Easter.

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PPE Visors

During lockdown, Merseyside’s Fans Supporting Foodbank donated funds to the Knowsley PPE Hub for the purchase of PPE-making equipment and raw materials for the manufacture of visors for local hospitals and front-line workers in Merseyside. After a few weeks they were able to offer the visors nationally via the established football foodbank groups in Newcastle, Huddersfield, Manchester City and United, and West Ham. We identified the hospitals in East London and Essex and were able to have delivered 1,000 visors locally by volunteer Nigel Kahn

We also distributed a further 300 visors to local care homes in Redbridge.

#CHARITYNOTPPV

Alongside all of the other Premier League clubs, Irons Supporting Foodbanks are asking our fans to make an affordable donation to their local foodbank and to boycott the £14.95 pay per view charge instead of paying this money to Sky Sports and BT Sport. Whilst we are currently in a run of 3 scheduled televised games covered by normal Sky Sports/BT Sport subscriptions, the extra surcharge for PPV (for West Ham fans likely to be for the Fulham game), comes at a difficult time where families are trying to make ends meet during the Covid crisis with the various tier restrictions and further furlough.
So far this week 10,000’s of fans have donated to their local foodbanks. Newcastle United fans donated over £20,000 rather than watch last weekend’s PPV game. The 2 Manchester clubs have seen over £25,000 donated to the city’s 19 foodbanks, and The Leeds United Trust has seen £31,000 donated locally.
A spokesperson for Irons Supporting Foodbanks added “This week we’ve seen 10,000’s of fans helping 10’000’s of people. This is fan activism at its best. Until the broadcasters revise their charge down to a realistic price point we ask that our fans support Newham Foodbank and if possible donate at www.justgiving/crowdfunding/IronsSupportingFoodbanks.”
‘We are pleased that fan groups including WHUISA are supporting this campaign.’

Newham Children

Newham borough has over 76,000 under-15s, with over 51% living below the poverty line. We wanted these children to have something for themselves at Easter, so we started with our appeal in February. Lockdown put an end to our scheme running up to Easter, however we were pleased to receive the support of so many West Ham fans and local friends who provided over 1,100 Easter eggs for local children. The Club and Expedient Security made substantial donations and we were also supported with donations from LLDC, Newham Council and Spire London East Hospital.

Alongside the West Ham fanbase we are delighted to have the support of our club, with staff, owners and players helping us to support Newham Foodbank and allowing us to make a difference to around 8,000 Newham children this Christmas.

We are looking forward to the time when crowds return to the London Stadium next year and we can continue the friendships made with the fans who have supported us since we began working with the local community to fight food poverty a year ago.