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.
The 2021 Easter Egg Appeal
We’re launching our Easter Egg Appeal this week. In 2020 despite the beginning of lockdown we were able to distribute over 1,100 Easter eggs to Newham children through Newham Foodbank. This year we hope to exceed that number and get nearer to 5,000 eggs for distribution to families using the foodbank. We’ll also be supporting the efforts of Ambition Aspire Achieve in Canning Town with their appeal.
Drop off points in Beckton are at Tesco Gallions Reach, ASDA Tollgate Road and Waitrose Stratford Westfield. Otherwise we would welcome any donations at the link below. Just the cost of a pint or two will make such a difference for these kids who have had a tough 12 months during the various lockdowns.
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.