Food banks have been facing increased demand because of the spread of the disease. And the “City United” scheme hopes to alleviate some of those strains.
“At a time of challenge for our community, we are pleased to come together with our fans to help vulnerable members of society in a City United.”
The food banks in the Manchester area usually collect a large proportion of their donations on match days for Manchester City and Manchester United.
So following a joint project between the MCFC and MUFC Fans’ Foodbanks, it was announced each club will donate £50,000 to the Trussell Trust.
The Trust supports a network of over 1,200 food bank centers, including 19 in the Greater Manchester area.
“As the coronavirus pandemic develops, more people than ever may need help from food banks across our network,” The Trussell Trust’s Senior Operations Manager Rachel Macklin said.
“This situation presents a huge additional pressure on already overstretched resources. We may start to see a reduction in food donations and volunteers may become unavailable if they are in the at-risk categories or are self-isolating.
“We’re working closely with our network to understand each food bank’s situation, offer guidance, and work out how we can best support them. We know we won’t be able to do this alone, so we are truly grateful for the support.”
Elsewhere in the league
Outside of Manchester, Premier League clubs around the country have been doing their bit to help people cope during these turbulent times.
Abramovich announced Wednesday that he will put up Britain’s NHS staff at the club’s Millenium Hotel for at least the next two months as support during the virus.