Rugby league fans are being asked to donate food at collection points being set up at the KCOM Stadium on Derby Day this Friday!
The food banks are a part of a new ‘Teaming Up For Families’ initiative, run by the Hull NHS, and supporters from both Hull FC and Hull KR will be able to make donations at the Good Friday Derby at the KCOM Stadium on 19th April.
Use of the Hull Food Bank has risen every year since it began in 2011, and in 2017/18 it gave out 5,096 parcels. 1,200 of those parcels went to children. The increased demand for the food bank reflects the national trend, however in Hull stocks have been severely depleted, so rugby league fans are being asked to help out.
Teaming Up For Families is an element of the Teaming Up For Health initiative, which includes Hull Kingston Rovers, Hull FC and Hull Clinical Commissioning Group and works with organisations across the city to use rugby league to engage people in positive health and well being activities.
James Clark, Hull FC Chief Executive said: “This is an initiative we are really proud to play our part in and one that can make a notable difference to people in our community.
“There are a number of areas in our city, including some very close to our home at the KCOM Stadium, that are still some of the most deprived in the UK.
“If as a club we can bring people together to raise awareness and help those families who are in need, then it is something we should all try and support.”
This project is supported by Hull City Council, as rugby league supporters can play a big role in helping families and children in Hull.
Those attending the Hull Derby are invited to bring along non-perishable food to the collection point in the Dugout Bar of the KCOM Stadium.
Food and groceries collected will be distributed to food banks providing emergency supplies for families in the city, as well as to primary schools for children in receipt of free school meals.
The range of priority goods that are needed include the following:
Long life milk and fruit juice, fruit cordials, jars of pasta/curry sauces, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, instant mash, pasta, rice, rice pudding/custard, jam, toiletries, cup-a-soup/noodles, washing power or tablets, washing up liquid, women’s sanitary wear, nappies and baby wipes.