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FOODBANK COLLECTION AHEAD OF PRESTON GAME

28 April 2022

On Saturday 30 April, ahead of our fixture against Preston. Barnsley FC, Reds in the Community and Barnsley Foodbank will host a food collection, where we will be accepting donations of food and essentials.

As the cost of living continues to rise to record highs, the most vulnerable of the reds’ community are at risk of falling into multiple disadvantages across the town. 

Reds in the Community Chief Executive Officer, Paul France said: “This will be the last Reds Against Hunger collection held at Oakwell this season, and we hope to make this one the biggest so far. We launched the campaign just before Christmas to help support those in need over the Festive period.  

“We have so far collected 548.5kg of food, which equates to providing 1,306 meals to people in need. If every supporter coming to the match would bring one or two items each, we would comfortably beat the combined total for the first four collections. That is our aim because, sadly, that is the scale of the need. Please help to spread the message and encourage al Reds to bring along a few tins of food. It will make a huge difference to another Red in Barnsley.”

We would therefore like to invite the Barnsley FC family and supporters who are in a position to help, to make a donation on the match day. 

An idea of some items you could donate:

  • DILUTE/JUICE
  • RICE PUDDING
  • RICE
  • BISCUITS
  • LONG LIFE MILK
  • SHOWER GEL
  • DEODORANT

Georgina Arnold, Client support at Barnsley Foodbank added, “Barnsley Foodbank Partnership has seen the need for food parcels rising ever since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. As we start to trickle out of the pandemic, we are now seeing the effect of bill rises, universal credit changes and the cost of living going up. Between March 2020 and December 2021, we fed 12,031 individuals, 4,432 of these were children under 16. 

“Reds Against Hunger is such an amazing initiative and helps our foodbank greatly with donations, awareness and support. We have already done a handful of successful collections, partnering with Reds in the Community and Barnsley FC, with both monetary and food donations coming in from the generous fans. We’re so grateful for the support from the whole team at the club.”

The Reds in the Community and Foodbank team collection point will be situated outside the main box office from 11am on Saturday 30 April. 

Alternatively, Barnsley Foodbank have recently launched an Amazon wish list, which is an easy hassle-free way of donating their most needed items. This can be found HERE.

Supporters can also donate whatever they can afford by following the instructions via the food bank website HERE

Thank you for making a difference.


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