CAST and Charlton Athletic will be running the annual pre-Christmas foodbank collection in the West Stand car park before the games with Ipswich (Dec 7th) and Cambridge (Dec 11th).
We are asking all fans attending the games to do what they can to alleviate food shortages for families in our local community over Christmas. The van will be ready for donations from 6.15pm (Ipswich) and 1.45pm (Cambridge)
These are some of the items that Greenwich Foodbank urgently need at the moment:
Tinned meat and fish
Tinned veg - (eg. peas, sweet corn, chick peas)
Rice (max size 1kg)
Tinned rice pudding
Cereal / cereal bars
Tea bags / instant coffee
(NB: Please don't bring baked beans, pasta or fresh vegetables)
Greenwich Foodbank Chief Executive Jamie Ginns (a Charlton fan) said:
"Thank you to all the Charlton fans for thinking of Greenwich Foodbank this Christmas. We have never needed your donations more than we do now. The reduction in universal credit and an increase in living costs this Autumn has caused a huge surge in Foodbank use in recent weeks. This financial year alone by mid November, Greenwich Foodbank had fed people 5966 times - 2576 of these times it was a child without access to food."
"Donation drives like this are vital to keeping us able to help the most vulnerable in our society.
Every person that uses Greenwich Foodbank this winter will get a food pack, a listening ear and proper help to move themselves away from foodbank dependency."
"We need your support throughout the year. Find out more about us and how you can donate at:
Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and download the Foodbank App to your phone to stay up to date with what we most need and the work we do"
Charlton owner Thomas Sandgaard said:
“As a club, it is important for us to support our local community and Greenwich Foodbank is doing an excellent job supporting those most in need. The club has been working with the Supporters’ Trust on the Foodbank initiative since 2018. This year, we’ll be running the initiative for our #FillTheValley games against Ipswich Town and Cambridge United, so hopefully, with more fans in the stadium than previous years, we’ll be able to collect more food than ever before.”