Lewes Football Club is asking fans to bring along food items to donate to local food banks to the games on the weekend of 17th and 18th February.
It’s estimated approximately 14 million people in the UK currently live in poverty and Food Banks are critical service for people simply to survive. Food Banks use is wide-ranging and includes those on low income, victims of domestic abuse, lone parents and those unable to work because of physical or mental disability.
The Club would be extremely grateful for any donations our fans are able to support its local community.
In particular, the food banks would welcome donations by supporters of the following items (more urgently needed in bold):
-Tinned veg – potatoes, carrots, peas, green beans, etc
-Baked beans, tinned spaghetti
-Tinned meat – meatballs, curry, chilli con carne, corned beef etc
-Tinned fish – tuna, salmon, mackerel etc
-Long life milk
-Cereal bars/fruit bars
-Tinned fruit, custard, rice pudding
Any fans not able to make the game but wishing to make a donation can drop any of the above items into the club office in the days leading up to the game.
The collection has been organised by #241forFoodBanks that is a community response to food poverty in Lewes. The initiative launched in December 2016 at Lewes FC and is run by Emily Clarke, Lewes Labour and community activist.
The campaign encourages shoppers to donate the free item from their supermarket 2 for 1 deal to boost donations to local food banks and raise awareness of food poverty. Emily redistributes the donations between the three food banks in our town, currently supporting around 110 households in crisis.
In 2017 Emily set up regular collections every term at Southover Primary School and worked with local businesses such as Union Music Store, Browns Hair Salon, as well as Lewes Labour to boost donations.
We hope that as many supporters as possible are able to contribute to such a worthwhile cause.