Premier League football clubs whose matches were postponed this weekend have donated unused food and drink to local homeless charities.
On Friday, all professional football matches in England were postponed until at least April 3 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Brighton & Hove Albion was due to host Arsenal on Saturday but after the match was postponed the club donated food that had been purchased for the hospitality lounges and retail kiosks to the city’s homeless community. All surplus fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products and sandwiches were donated to Sussex Homeless Support.
Newcastle United, who had been scheduled to host Sheffield United on Saturday, also announced that match-day food would be redistributed by Newcastle West End Foodbank. A range of cold meats and 1,200 pies were among the food donated.
Manchester City’s home match against Burnley was also among the Saturday matches postponed. City was also due to play Arsenal at home last Wednesday and the club has donated all food from that match to local charities The Longford Centre and Open Kitchen Manchester in conjunction with its catering partner, F3.
Food from the Burnley match was donated to four local charities: Home Community Café, Mellor County House, Mother Earth and Sale Methodist Church.
Aston Villa, who was due to host Chelsea, announced that 850 packed lunches and hot food for the match were donated to support homeless charities, while Football.London reports that London Stadium, which had been scheduled to host West Ham United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday (Sunday), donated nearly 200 lunch packs to a local homeless shelter.
Tottenham Hotspur had been due to host Manchester United in yesterday’s big match and the home team confirmed that it had donated a significant amount of food supplies to Felix Project (pictured), a London-based charity that aims to tackle food waste and hunger in the capital.
Finally, Everton was due to host Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park tonight. Everton’s official catering partner Sodexo is donating more than 635kg of fruit and vegetables and additional produce originally intended for the match to North Liverpool Foodbank.
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