Arsenal in the Community

Half a million meals delivered into north London 

We're proud to have delivered our 500,000th meal into the local community since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Together with food distribution charity HIS Church and our local councils in Camden, Islington and Hackney, we have provided over 219 tonnes of food to support those most vulnerable in our local community.   
 
Mikel Arteta and Joe Montemurro welcomed the lorry carrying the milestone delivery into our training centre at London Colney, before it arrived at Emirates Stadium with chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council. 
 
The delivery of food and emergency supplies has formed one part of our community response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Club staff have also clocked 6,820 miles by voluntarily driving NHS staff to appointments and 250 laptops have been donated to tackle digital poverty in Islington.  
 
Emirates Stadium also housed Islington Council’s food distribution centre during June and August, while the Arsenal in the Community Hub was used for residents to access the flu jab during October and November.  
 
“It’s been a huge, huge amount of joint work to complete these deliveries and it’s part of what this football club stands for: supporting its communities in need,” Venkatesham said. 
 
“Football clubs exist for their fans and exist for their communities, whether that’s our local communities in Islington, Camden and Hackney or our global communities that we reach through our work with Save the Children in Jordan and Indonesia.  
 
“That connection with our fans and communities is really important, so when they are in need we always try to help as best we can. I am extremely proud that we have been able to play our part during this pandemic.” 
 
Cllr Watts added: “In an incredibly difficult year there’s been a huge community effort, from volunteers on the ground and local charities, to food deliveries and support from Arsenal and others, to bring vital food, medicine and emotional support to vulnerable people in Islington. 
 
“It’s made a huge difference to the lives of many people in our borough, and it means we can support our residents who need to self-isolate either because they have had a positive COVID-19 test, or because they are ill, or clinically vulnerable and need to take care. 
 
“We’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone, including Arsenal, who has stood side-by-side with their neighbours, friends, people they work with and people they’ve never met before, to say We Are Islington and we look after each other.” 
 

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