Ahead of the Championship clash between Sheffield Wednesday FC and Derby County FC this Saturday, S6 Foodbank and their team of volunteers will host two drop-off points for food donations at Hillsborough.
Twin gazebos will be present from midday through to kick-off on the Bridge next to the South Stand and at the Owls Megastore for fans to bring food items to give. All donations are recorded digitally by S6 Foodbank and will be tailored for the individual or respective group in need.
It is hoped that the event will provide much needed relief to many this Christmas period and raise awareness of the rising need since the government introduced Universal Credit. Sheffield Wednesday’s involvement with S6 Foodbank came about following an intervention by local Councillor Ben Curran.
Walkley Councillor Ben Curran:
“Like a lot of my Labour colleagues I work very closely in the local community and I know no one wants to have to rely on using a foodbank, but it is a sad fact of recent times that more and more people are dependent on them.
“I already work closely in supporting S6 Foodbank and I know that Wednesday do some terrific work in the community, and I don’t just say that as I’m an Owl, so I thought it would be only natural to bring them together to see what could be done.
“I’m delighted that I have been able to play my part in the new initiative and huge credit must go to Mr Chansiri and everyone at the Club for being so open to this idea.
“It is worth bearing in mind that the majority of people who rely on foodbanks are in-work. There should be no shame in turning to a foodbank to support you or your family, and I hope that fellow Wednesday fans will give and support this cause”.
Marcus Brameld, Community Manager at SWFC, commented “Christmas is the traditional time of year for everyone to celebrate togetherness with family and friends. So this weekend is the ideal opportunity for the Wednesday family to come together and offer the hand of friendship to those in the community that need it the most.
“Sheffield Wednesday are proud to be in partnership with S6 Foodbank and we urge as many of our supporters as possible to make a donation, however big or small, on Saturday.”
Chris from S6 Foodbank said:
“The partnership with Sheffield Wednesday shows the backing of business in the city and their heart for community, Sheffield is a great city for supporting people in need and this is another example of this in action, as a foodbank we have seen an increase of 25% since April and with the onset of winter plus Universal Credit the numbers could increase, so every tin helps”.