NUFC Fans FoodBank

When Newcastle United faced Derby County on February 4th, it saw the first NUFC Fans’ FoodBank collection.  This saw over three tonnes of produce donated. An astonishing result for the first collection.  NUFC Fans’ FoodBank was launched with the backing of Newcastle United. The club, spread the word on social media sites and wrote articles through their official channels on the day of the collection.

Bill Corcoran, Mike Nixon of the West End FoodBank, Steve Hastie of Newcastle Fans United, Colin Whittle of the Newcastle Supporters Trust, Mick Martin from True Faith and Steve Wraith from Newcastle Legends.  They are just a number of people who came together in a bid to solve the city’s FoodBank shortfall and to prevent starvation on the streets.  Volunteers set up the collection point opposite the famous Gallowgate stand. With the great work done on social media sites, the word began to spread amongst Newcastle fans.  Donations started arriving as soon as the collection point was set up. This shows the great generosity of the Geordie faithful, it also shows the power that social media has today.

Other clubs in the country do similar collections.  The likes of Liverpool, Everton and Rangers in Scotland all have collections. These projects have all been successful and with the support that Newcastle has there is no reason why this one should not follow suit.

Newcastle fans turn up to watch the team in their droves. If every single fan can donate something it will go a long way to helping the less fortunate. If every one of the 52,000 donated something, the collection could raise over twenty tonnes. For people to be going hungry in this day and age is truly heartbreaking.  The first collection last weekend was just the first step for this great cause. Another collection is scheduled for before the home game against Bristol City, on the 25th February from 13:00.  I urge anyone who is going to the game to donate as much as you can and help this fantastic cause.  The next step of this cause would be to get NUFC Fans’ FoodBank onto the Newcastle United website on a charity section, where people could donate online.  Being able to donate online would give the match day collection an incredible boost.

This is a cause that should not be ignored, Newcastle has a great community spirit and I strongly encourage everyone to get behind this as much as possible.  It would be greatly appreciated if fans could bring along any of the following items:

  • Long life milk
  • Sugar
  • Long life fruit juice
  • Soup/Cuppa Soup
  • Pasta sauces
  • Custard (tinned or long life)
  • Cereals
  • Rice pudding
  • Instant coffee
  • Rice
  • Tinned meat/fish
  • Tinned veg
  • Tinned fruit
  • Jam
  • Biscuits
  • Toilet Roll
  • Laundry products
  • Nappies/baby wipes

I would like to show my appreciation to those who help set up this cause.  I hope the next time I write about NUFC Fans’ FoodBank I will be writing about the amazing amount of produce donated before the game against Bristol City.

Follow the FoodBank on Twitter: @NUFCFoodBank. You can also donate by text. To Donate please text NCLF00 (Zero Zero) and the amount (£) to 70070.

On 25th February from 13:00, lets beat the three tonnes of product that were donated during the first collection!