“#ACITYUNITED” – Manchester City and Manchester United have joined hands and donated to the local food banks in Manchester to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Both the clubs donated £50,000 each to the Trussell Trust to help them make up for the loss which they endured due to the suspended football matches. United and City fans used to regularly make donations to the food banks on matchdays.
Trussell Trust has 19 food banks in Manchester which will benefit from the clubs’ donation of £100,000 in total.
City and United published a joint statement, which read: “We are proud of the role our supporters play in helping local food banks and recognise the increased strain likely to be placed on these charities by the impact of coronavirus.”
“At a time of challenge for our community, we are pleased to come together with our fans to help vulnerable members of society in a City United.”
Rachel Macklin, senior operations manager of the Trussell Trust, said: “As the coronavirus pandemic develops, more people than ever may need help from food banks across our network. This situation presents a huge additional pressure on already overstretched resources. We may start to see a reduction in food donations and volunteers may become unavailable if they are in the at-risk categories or are self-isolating.”
“We’re working closely with our network to understand each food bank’s situation, offer guidance, and work out how we can best support them.”
“We know we won’t be able to do this alone, so we are truly grateful for the support Manchester United and Manchester City are showing local food banks.”
One of the members of MCFC Fans’ Foodbank Support told: “We’re delighted that City and United have donated such a huge amount to Fans Supporting Foodbanks.”
“We’d like to thank everyone on both sides for demonstrating that hunger doesn’t wear club colours, and for the show of community solidarity.”
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