A food donation point will be set up from 12.30pm close to the Trust office (near Gate 5) before Cardiff City’s clash against Sheffield United on Saturday, December 4th, 2021.
Food collected will be delivered to the Rhondda Foodbank in Tylorstown and the Trust hopes it will mark the start of further collections for foodbanks across Cardiff and south-east Wales.
Trust board member Richard Lewis said: “We were inspired by the tremendous work of Liverpool and Everton fans under the initiative, Fans Supporting Foodbanks.
“We want to play our part in ensuring vulnerable families and individuals don’t have to choose between eating and heating. The recent removal of £20 a week top up from those who receive Universal Credit, along with the rising cost of fuel and food, has made an already difficult lives for many people even worse.”
Trust vice-chair David Craig, who has visited the Rhondda Foodbank, said: “I was so impressed by the support they give to vulnerable and needy people in what is one of Wales’ most deprived areas with high incidences of child poverty and adult poor health. We know from our past campaigns like the Keenor Statue Appeal how generous Cardiff City fans are. We are certain supporters will get behind this initiative.
“We’re grateful for the immediate support and help of Cardiff City for this initiative and the club has also agreed to provide a van and driver to deliver donated food. With Christmas just a few weeks away, we want to give a helping hand to those that have to use foodbanks.”
“We issue two tonnes of food a month and the foodbank receives no public funding, relying on donations from churches, supermarkets, organisations and private donations.
“We kept the foodbank open throughout the pandemic and didn’t close our doors even at the height of the crisis. We are seeing a worrying change in the profile of people using the foodbank and are anticipating a hard winter and will be even more reliant on the generosity of organisations like Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust, Cardiff City FC and the club’s supporters.”
Cardiff City FC Executive Director & CEO, Ken Choo, said: “We’re very pleased to be supporting the Trust’s initiative and doing our bit as a club for families in need at this difficult and often stressful time of year. I’d encourage all supporters to back this appeal when Sheffield United visit us at Cardiff City Stadium in our next home fixture.”
Here is a list of food items most urgently needed by the foodbank: UHT Milk, Tinned Fish, Tinned Meat, Mashed Potato, Chocolate, Orange Juice, Shampoo and Toothpaste. The foodbank tells us it has enough beans, soup and pasta at present. It is not allowed to give out out-of-date food to clients.
- The Trussell Trust is a supporter of the Rhondda Foodbank. The Trussell Trust is a UK-wide organisation that campaigns to end hunger and destitution. It supports a nationwide network of food banks and together provides emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks.