Hello and welcome to our Football for Food update!
Food banks are facing huge challenges in light of COVID-19. The lack of delivery slots and the limit of items per shopper at big supermarkets makes it difficult for food banks to order items in bulk as they might usually do. The financial difficulty or uncertainty that many will now be facing will no doubt impact on donations of both food and money. Volunteer numbers are likely to drop due to the need for shielding, social isolation and social distancing.
Of course, at the moment, there is no traditional Football for Food donation at match days, but there are still ways that you can help.
1. Make a cash donation.
This website has been created to share cash donations between the food banks of Sheffield: http://www.sheffieldfoodbank.org.uk
2. Organise a food collection
Could you arrange a local collection on your street? To arrange a street collection, contact your neighbours and ask them to leave donations in a box outside of your property. Make sure you adhere to the current guidance on social distancing – you should keep a distance of 2 metres. Therefore, a box outside is a good way for no contact donations.
Could you ask your local shop to host a collection? They could have a box in place for donations and you can transport the items to the food bank.
If you arrange either of these and need support transporting food – get in touch and we will help if we can!
3. Donate food
You could donate to the food bank directly by following the link shared earlier and finding your local foodbank. You could donate in the baskets available at some supermarkets. You could keep donations to one side to be donated at a later date. You might like to have a look on social media sites for the food bank you will be donating to. Here you can often find a list of items which are needed.
4. Share this post
You may not be in a position to donate right now, but by sharing this post you could encourage others to if they are able.
Thanks for reading!