Nottingham Forest are delighted to announce they will be teaming up with local charity Hope Nottingham.
The partnership will see the creation of a food bank collection point for the match against Swansea City on Saturday as the club and the charity look to tackle the increasing issue of families within the city of Nottingham living in poverty.
Continuing on the positive work with Forest's nominated charity partner Framework, the club are committed to not only helping the homeless people of the city but also families who struggle with the day-to-day cost of living.
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.
In addition to providing food, their centres provide a friendly welcome and support to help people make positive progress in their lives. This includes signposting and advice to deal with all sorts of problems including debt, housing, benefits, mental health, loneliness and unemployment
Director of Hope, Nigel Adams, said: "Food donation collections at Nottingham Forest are a major breakthrough in our battle to overcome poverty across Nottingham. Providing free food parcels to our neighbours in need is the first step in helping people overcome crisis and make progress towards lives filled with hope.
"We are delighted and very grateful to Nottingham Forest, The Supporters' Trust and Framework for their involvement and support."
The charity was introduced to the club by the Nottingham Forest Supporters' Trust who have helped to publicise previous similar collections on matchdays.
Trust Secretary, Andy Caddell, said: "We have been delighted at how the club has wholeheartedly embraced the idea of matchday collections for Hope Nottingham.
"With close on 30,000 fans turning up at each home match at The City Ground, we really hope and expect that this initiative could make a major contribution. The active involvement of Nottingham Forest in supporting efforts to help people in our city struggling to cope with their lives is another reason for us all to be proud to support this special club."
Located in the Family Red Zone on Saturday, the club and the charity are urging supporters to donate food, drinks and toiletries where they can. The collection will be available from 11am to 2pm in the Brian Clough Stand car park. There will be no vehicle access, so supporters are advised to make their donations on foot.
See below for a list of preferred food gifts:
- Milk (UHT or powdered)
- Sugar (500g)
- Fruit juice (carton)
- Pasta sauces
- Sponge pudding (tinned)
- Tinned spaghetti/macaroni
- Rice pudding (tinned)
- Tea bags
- Instant coffee
- Instant mash potato
- Tinned meat/fish/vegetables
- Tinned fruit
- Biscuits or snack bars
More information about Hope Nottingham can be found here.