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We are delighted to announce the relaunch of Reds Against Hunger in Partnership with Barnsley Foodbank which is seeded by the Trussell Trust.
The Trussell Trust runs the largest network of food banks in the UK, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis. Fourteen million people live below the poverty line and in the last year close to 3 million emergency food parcels were distributed to people in crisis.
The relaunch will see Barnsley FC Community Trust students take part in monthly volunteer sessions at the Foodbank warehouse to help sort and pack food hampers for people in need throughout the Barnsley community.
Head of Education Sarah Garside said, “After visiting the Foodbank with some students during the EFL week of Action in November we were happy to be able to build on our partnership with them. We have seen first hand how important volunteers are in the general day to day running of the Foodbank. It is an eye-opening experience and I think it will be beneficial for our students to see how they work via the monthly voluntary initiative.“
A donation drive will also be held at Barnsley FC’s match against Reading on Saturday the 13th April 2024 where fans will be able to bring donations to the Ozone prior to the game. If fans would like to donate but aren’t attending the match, they can do so by using the Barnsley FC Community Trust Building as a drop off point the week prior to the game.
Barnsley Foodbank Communication Officer, Georgina Arnold said, “It’s amazing to be partnering back up with the Reds again. They have always shown incredible generosity to our food bank and support us in any way they possibly can. The donations we receive from the matches make a huge difference, and by the following week they are out in emergency food parcels for those in crisis across Barnsley. We wish the Reds the best of luck this season and beyond!”
We look forward to the relaunch of Reds against Hunger and supporting the work Barnsley Foodbank do for the community of Barnsley.