On Easter Sunday, April 21, ahead of our kick-off against Crystal Palace, we will be supporting Islington Foodbank with a food collection on the podium at Emirates Stadium.
During our Arsenal Giving campaign last Christmas, staff supported Islington Foodbank with a food drive which went on to help local families with emergency food supplies. We now want to support the Foodbank with a bigger food drive and ask for the help of the Arsenal family.Islington Foodbank was established in 2011 and operates from Highbury Roundhouse on Ronalds Road. It is open on Mondays and Saturdays from 1pm – 4pm. Run entirely by volunteers, the foodbank aims to provide people who find themselves in a crisis with three days’ worth of emergency food.
Demand has grown steadily since 2011 as families struggle to make ends meet and in 2018 they distributed 48715.78 Kg of food to nearly 6000 people, of whom 1382 were children.
All the food it distributes comes from donations, of which food drives like this are the main source.
Foodbank volunteer Kathy Weston spoke of the food drive and said: “We’re all very excited that Arsenal is supporting us for this food drive, and we hope that Gunners supporters’ pre-match generosity will be rewarded with a thumping home win!”
How you can help?
We would like to ask for your generous donations by supporting Islington Foodbank with replenishing their food stock levels. If you are attending the game, you can drop-off items at the designated points at the Arsenal Museum, or the Thierry Henry statue, ahead of the 4pm kick-off. All you need to do is bring any of the below items as you make your way in.
Tinned rice pudding
“We supported Islington Foodbank last Christmas where we asked staff to donate food," said Supporter Liaison Officer, Mark Brindle. "It went so well we thought it would be a great idea to extend this to our fans. We are always looking for ways to support the local community and enlisting the help of our supporters is a great way of doing this.”
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