The Stadium of Light will be hosting a food bank collection point when Sunderland AFC take on Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday 28 September (KO 3pm).
Working in partnership with Sunderland & Durham food bank and Red & White Army for the second successive year, SAFC are encouraging supporters to give what they can to help those in need within our community.
Over two tonnes of food were donated by Sunderland supporters throughout last season, as various matchday collections took place at the SoL and Foundation of Light’s Beacon of Light.
Last week, club captain Grant Leadbitter and academy graduate Lynden Gooch visited the Sunderland foodbank Coronation Street food store, undertaking a tour of the facility to help raise awareness and gain a better understanding of its importance.
After the visit, Leadbitter said: “I have said many times before that the football club is the driving force behind the city, so it’s important that we work together.
“It is a great thing to do and it’s important for the players to realise that there are some tough circumstances that people are going through. It’s part of life and as a club we have to help people when we can. As captain, I want to try and bring everyone together and doing things like this helps.”
Jo Gordon, food bank manager, added: “Back in 2017, Red and White Army set up the link between Sunderland food bank and the football club. Last season, the fans collected two tonnes of food, which made 292 food parcels and 1,750 meals. The matchday collections also managed to raise £3,500, so it is really important to have the support of the club.”
Located in the Fanzone, the Stadium of Light donation point will open on Saturday from 12 noon.
Donations of non-perishable food items and cash are welcome, with the foodbank emphasising the need for particular items including UHT milk and fruit juice, tinned fruit, custard and potatoes and rice pudding.