The Premier League has the power to put people in prison. The first half of this season saw two players charged with violent offences, while Anthony Taylor was suspended for three games after calling a player “a little girl”. One fan took it upon himself to tackle food poverty by starting up an initiative called Food For Football that raised thousands of pounds.
The “fans supporting foodbanks” is a recent trend in the Premier League. Fans have been donating to foodbanks and helping out their local communities.
Dave Kelly is an Everton fan, but everytime Liverpool plays at home, he spends hours collecting food contributions from supporters on the way to the game at Flagpole Corner, right outside The Kop at Anfield.
Images of a handshake — red shaking blue — and the words #HungerDoesntWearClubColours cover Kelly’s truck. Kelly and his other volunteers are there whenever Liverpool or Everton play, whether it is morning, night, rain or sun, as they have done for the previous four years.
Kelly told ESPN, “I’m probably the only Evertonian who enjoys hearing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ shortly before Liverpool plays at Anfield.” “That means I can begin packing the vehicle, drop everything off to the food bank, and then return home!”
The Premier League is the wealthiest and most well-known football league in the world, and the rivalry between its teams — and their fans — is a big part of its worldwide appeal. The intensity of the rivalry may often break over into nastiness and hostility when Liverpool plays Everton, Manchester United plays Manchester City, and Chelsea plays Tottenham. However, rivalries are being set aside in Liverpool, Manchester, and London, as well as every other city with a Premier League club, as supporters unite in the fight against food poverty in the United Kingdom.
According to research conducted by the food charity Sustain, over 5 million individuals in the UK (population: 65 million) struggle to eat enough. The Trussell Trust, another charity, has seen a 123 percent rise in the usage of food banks in the last five years. These soaring numbers are uniting football fans, regardless of loyalties or rivalries, to aid people in need.
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“It’s not only Everton and Liverpool fans,” Kelly, the chair of Fans Supporting Foodbanks, said. “We’ve collaborated with Manchester City and Manchester United supporters. When City played in Newcastle recently, its supporters gave to the local food bank and volunteered at the collecting booths.
“Earlier this season, Procter & Gamble gave four crates of disposable diapers to our Liverpool-based charity, but we distributed them to City and United fans.” We collaborated with United supporters on Sir Matt Busby Way outside Old Trafford, which may have prompted a few second looks, but it’s all about coming together. Hunger has no bounds, and when people are in need, there are no allegiances.
“I honestly believe the way football fans have rallied behind this is a piece of beauty in the midst of a true catastrophe.”
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United gave 4,000 pieces of food to local food banks after the delay of their game against Brighton at Old Trafford. Spurs performed a similar move when their match against Brighton was postponed, giving all meals bought for their pre-match stay at a nearby hotel to a local food bank.
According to ESPN, Everton has provided many food contributions in the last 18 months, and high-profile Liverpool people have also donated to local fans’ fundraising efforts. Marcus Rashford’s involvement with FareShare has also aided in the distribution of food to people in need. Fans, on the other hand, are leading the campaign to try to alleviate the stress on families over the holidays and throughout the year.
However, with the potential of more strict measures to counteract an increase of COVID-19 cases, it’s possible that Premier League games may be played behind closed doors once again. If that occurs, there will be no way to gather critical food contributions.
Kelly stated, “It doesn’t bear thinking about if we go back to closed stadiums.” “Our local food bank just went into its contingency stock for the first time since it launched because it ran out of food. People are approaching me personally, begging for any assistance we can offer, so any football closure will have a bad effect.
“There is typically a rush of generosity in the months leading up to Christmas because people want to assist others who are less fortunate, but there is normally a decline in the new year as individuals strive to pay off their pre-Christmas expenditures. Things normally don’t take up again until Easter, which is a concern since many people are now in dire straits.”
If there is a Premier League game on, there will be supporters collecting for food banks in Liverpool, London, Manchester, and others. Any contribution, no matter how little, will help.
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