Foodbank collection at Saturday’s game

Feb 22, 2018 | News

Gasheads are being asked to bring a little something extra with them to Saturday’s game as a collection for North Bristol Foodbank is being held.

This is the work of John, Tom & Jade, three Rovers supporters who go to home and away games as much as possible. They say, “We’ve seen the mounting statistics on foodbank referrals over the past few years and the responses to them from clubs on Merseyside, Tyneside, Doncaster, Villa, Huddersfield etc. We said “someone should do that at the Gas” and then we said “well, why not us?”.

“We firmly believe in the power of football to strengthen community bonds and that in hard times it’s down to everybody to stick together and help raise us all up. It’s been heartening to get a good response from the football club, local media and Gasheads at large and we’re looking forward to Rovers fans proving to us that we’re correct to believe in their generosity and support for the local communities around the Memorial Stadium”.

North Bristol Foodbank has outlets at St James Church in Lockleaze, Ebenezer Church in Horfield, the Revive Charity Shop in Filton, and the Greenway Centre in Southmead. In the last year 3,740 three day emergency food supplies were given to local people in crisis by North Bristol Foodbank with over 1,500 going to children.

Over this year local people have donated 39 tonnes of food to North Bristol Foodbank, and over 100 have volunteered. Local schools, businesses and faith groups have provided vital support to the Foodbank, enabling them to give three days’ nutritionally balanced food and support to people in crisis. As well as providing emergency food, North Bristol Foodbank provides essentials like toiletries, nappies and sanitary products to families who are struggling, as well as signposting them to other services in the local area. Many Trussell Trust Foodbanks, including North Bristol Foodbank, are partnering with other agencies that provide additional services such as welfare advice, budgeting help and debt support, helping people to break out of crisis.