Nottingham Forest are delighted to confirm that the partnership with local food bank charity Hope Nottingham will continue into the 2019-20 season.
Starting for the curtain-raiser against West Brom this Saturday, supporters will have the opportunity to donate food items to the charity as the partnership looks to tackle the increasing issue of families within the city of Nottingham who are living in poverty.
Last season, Forest fans generously donated tonnes of food to the charity and helped raise awareness of the issue which resulted in a big increase in support all year round for the charity.
Each of the collections at The City Ground last season helped to provide over 2,500 meals for those in need in the city, with many supporters also carrying on their donations outside of the matchday collections.
Nigel Adams, from the charity Hope Nottingham said: “Hope Nottingham is absolutely delighted with the support from Nottingham Forest. The fans have responded magnificently with many carrying on supporting our foodbanks well beyond the City Ground collections.
"The food collections massively help the awareness of the need in our city and has already resulted in a big increase in support all year round. The help of Forest fans really does contribute massively to Hope Nottingham’s ability to help people turn their lives around. This is a wonderful partnership of the club, charity and the fans.”
Hope Nottingham works across the city, helping local communities to work together to bring hope and help to their neighbours to overcome poverty and disadvantage. With 15 local food banks across the city and 12,000 food parcels given out in 2018, the charity plays a pivotal role in aiding local people's needs.
The charity was introduced to the club by the Nottingham Forest Supporters’ Trust and the club are keen to continue this partnership into the 2019-20 season to help the wider Nottingham community.
Andy Caddell from the Supporters Trust said: “We have been absolutely delighted at how wholeheartedly Forest have got behind the partnership with Hope. Our original idea was just that the club could provide somewhere for the collections to be made on matchday but the support has gone way beyond that.
"What has been especially helpful has been the extensive publicity they have generated, this has been a crucial factor in generating the fantastic response from Forest fans. It is both impressive and hugely encouraging to know that the partnership with Hope has the backing of all at Nottingham Forest. The success of this venture is a great example of what good work can be done by a football club acting in the wider interests of the community. We are proud to have been involved.”
The collection point will be open in the Family Red Zone on Saturday, behind the Brian Clough Stand, with the club and charity urging as many supporters to donate food, drinks and toiletries where they can.