NUFC Fans Foodbank started off as an idea kicked around at an NUST board meeting and grew from there .Nobody could have anticipated what a success it has turned out to be nor how it continues to grow. From a launch night at Tyneside Irish Centre in early 2017 with a screening of ‘I, Daniel Blake’ to match day collections, a donation station at the Grainger Market, a rock night, and a successful fundraiser with local journalists. Supporters have bought into the concept of helping people in our local community who are less well- off and it’s grown from strength to strength. More importantly, the club have bought into the whole concept-from Isaac Hayden visiting West End Foodbanks to Rafa making a financial contribution at last month’s TF fundraiser.
We’ve been approached by fellow supporters up and down the country who are looking to do something similar in their own areas. We’ve tried as best we can to help them with some ‘handy hints’. Of course here in Newcastle our link with WE Foodbanks has given NUFC Fans Foodbanks the assistance it needed-professionals showing us how to organise collections and directing us as to where we can best help. In addition we do have 52k going through the turnstiles at each home game so we’ve certainly got the numbers willing to contribute.
Anyway, there’s no doubt the profile of Foodbanks has risen nationally due to what has been happening here at Newcastle. As a result the Football Supporters Federation (FSF), who NUST work closely with in a number of areas, have arranged a national conference to take place at St James’ Park on 13th October to discuss football’s role in aiding Britain’s foodbanks.
The conference which is being sponsored by the club will include input from various foodbank organisers, MP’s and local councillors to enable fans to learn more about the challenge facing foodbanks and how they can link up with supporters.
We’re looking forward to meeting fans from up and down the country who are looking to set up Fans Foodbanks in their own areas and offering assistance where we can.
For more information please visit the FSF website at www.fsf.org.uk
We’ll see you there!