Food 4 Wrexham
November 28, 2014
Are you going to Wrexham next Tuesday?
If you are you might like to help out with this very worthwhile cause.
We have received the following request from our friends at Wrexham.
FROM:- Robin Wiggs. WST – Media & Publicity. ([email protected])
TO:- Bristol Rovers Football Club, Bristol Rovers Supporters Club.
RE:- Bristol Rovers v Wrexham game – Tuesday 2nd December
Our match next Tuesday evening against you is our annual “Bring a Tin” match in support of the Wrexham Foodbank (run by the Salvation Army/Trussel Trust), in the run up to Christmas.
Last year home and away fans collected over 850kgs of non-perishable foodstuffs for local families facing hardship at Christmas. This year we would like to collect more than 1 ton – and with the help of friends and colleagues at Bristol Rovers, we’re sure we can do this.
We’d like to invite you and all of your travelling fans to bring a couple of tins (or more!) to donate to the tables outside the main stands on the night. There is a list of requested items from the food bank here: http://wrexham.foodbank.org.uk/resources/documents/foodbank/Wrexham-FB-website-shopping-list.pdf
Please could you also help us with publicising this very worthwhile cause – as a community club we do as much as we can to support our local community, and we invite away fans to help too; in much the same way that Wrexham fans are known for digging deep at away games for local causes.
If you could also raise awareness amongst your travelling fans that would be great – via email and/or newsletters or by posting on your main fans forums. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who would be able to help.
Thanks very much for your help – and looking forward to welcoming you to the game next Tuesday. Safe journey.
WST – Media & Publicity
How a foodbank works
Food is donated
The main way that food is donated is though ‘Supermarket Collections’. These collections engage the public at supermarkets where they are met by volunteers who give them a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item with their shop, which is then donated to the foodbank. Schools, churches, businesses and individuals also donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank. All food given out by foodbanks is donated.
Food is sorted and stored
Once collected, the food is sorted by volunteers who check it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need.
Frontline professionals identify people in need
Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau staff, welfare officers, the police and proabation officers amongst others identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.
Clients receive food
Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be exchanged for three days supply of emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.