Two English Premiership League giants, Manchester United and Manchester City have donated £100,000 to local food banks, as their support to them during this period of coronavirus crisis. United and City donated £50,000 each, to the Trussell Trust, an organization which supports over 1,200 food banks across the country, including 19 in the Great Manchester vicinity.
In joint statement by the two clubs, the two football clubs said the donation was to further consolidate the contributions of their supports to food banks across the Nation. “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,” the joint statement said.
Responding, Trussell Trust’s Senior Operations Manager, Rachel Macklin thanked the two clubs for the donation. She noted that the coronavirus pandemic has mounted pressure on the resources of the charity organization.
“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. On behalf of food banks in our network in Manchester, we thank you so much,” said Macklin.