St James’ Park, home of English Premier League football club Newcastle United, will host a Fan Supporting Foodbanks meeting this Friday.

The event will discuss how football can be used to help Britain’s foodbanks and has been sponsored by the stadium’s events and catering partner, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events.

The Football Supporters Federation has organised the meet-up, which is set to be attended by Newcastle fans and supporters from across the country. Members of the NUFC Fans Foodbank movement will speak at the event.

The movement was set up in January as a means to support the Newcastle West End foodbank, and operates a collection point outside St James’ Park on match days.

Since its launch, Newcastle fans have donated tonnes of food items and it is hoped Friday’s event will inspire supporters of other clubs to follow suit. Foodbank organisers, local councilors and MPs will speak at the event.

Frankie Argus, general manager for Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events at St James’ Park, said: “The work being done by the NUFC Fans Foodbank movement is second to none, and it comes as no surprise that these kind-hearted Newcastle fans are inspiring others across the UK.

“We are delighted to be able to offer our support by sponsoring this important meeting at St James’ Park. I’m sure that the event will be a huge success, and hopefully many more similar schemes can be created nationwide.

“Newcastle United fans are among the greatest in the world, and the work they have done to help Newcastle West End Foodbank is something to be very proud of.”

Friday’s event will run from 11am-3pm. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to email info@fsf.org.uk.

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