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Re: Irons Supporting Foodbanks

Post by BM Jon » Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:23 pm

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the foodbank collection on Saturday. We filled 12 trays and collected a few £100's, the exact amount will be known and confirmed on Wednesday.

Thanks also to Gonzo and Geo for dropping by.

Jake Heath at the Club is supporting us big time, they made quite a sizeable donation on Saturday, and plan to do this for every game. Everton fans also brought a few bag loads plus cash, so hat's off to them too. As far as I know, we are still the only fans of any London club collecting regularly for local foodbanks.

We'll be back again from noon vs West Brom.

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Post by BM Jon » Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:00 pm

I'm told by the guys at Fans Supporting Foodbanks that the article on their work at the recent Merseyside derby is likely to be on the BBC One Show at 7 tonight
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Post by BM Jon » Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:40 pm

Big thanks to all fans and friends who helped to raise a massive £577.71 at Saturday's collection on behalf of Newham Foodbank.

We'll be there again on Saturday from 12 noon.
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Post by BM Jon » Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:15 pm

Thanks to all who dropped donations off and put cash in the buckets yesterday. We collected about 50 kg of food and toiletries and a few £100's in cash. We'll know the exact amount on Wednesday.

That's over a third of a tonne collected in about 7 hours since we started. By comparison, I was invited to view the Hackney Foodbank warehouse on Friday, where they tell me they receive about a tonne in donations in 1 week. That's the power of fan activism that proves the importance of what our fans do by comparison, so thanks to Hammers fans and you folks on behalf of the guys at Newham Foodbank. I saw figures recently that show Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney are the 3 worst areas in the country suffering from child poverty, at approx 50% of households.

We're grateful to Gonzo and Geo for promoting what we do and standing with us. If anyone else wants to stand with us for an hour or so on a match day then drop us a line on here or at ironsfoodbank@gmail.com. We've seen that Liverpool fans will be making a donation to us this Wednesday, so fair play to them. Also, a family of Brighton fans, where they don't even have a football food bank has been in touch to say that they'll be dropping food off for us next Saturday.

Some have asked about making cash donations to Newham Foodbank on-line, and the link is here: https://newham.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

Also, they will accept home deliveries of non-perishables on Monday to Friday, from 11-5pm to their warehouse at:
St Marks Centre,
218 Tollgate Road,
Beckton,
London,
E6 5YA

If anyone uses the above two options please mention Irons Foodbank so that we can see how much our fans are doing to help.

Thanks in advance to all for your continued support #WestHamFanFamily whufc_crest
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Post by BM Jon » Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:41 pm

We'll be back again tomorrow at our new collection point, alongside the Aquatics Centre on Stratford Walk, from 5 to 7.15pm for your foodbank or cash donations.

Looking forward to seeing our now regular friends and making new ones.

Items urgently needed by Newham Foodbank are UHT milk, long life fruit juice, tinned fish and cereals. Toiletries and pet food would help too. Otherwise if you can't get there then there are the 2 options to donate above.

We're always looking for more volunteers to stand with us for a while, send me a DM here or write to ironsfoodbank@gmail.com if you want to get involved, as Gonzo and Geo do.

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Post by BM Jon » Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:40 pm

We'll be back again tomorrow for the Brighton game at our new collection point, alongside the Aquatics Centre on Stratford Walk, from 12 noon to 2.30pm for your foodbank or cash donations.

Looking forward to seeing our now regular friends and making new ones.

Items urgently needed by Newham Foodbank as always are UHT milk, long life fruit juice, tinned fish and cereals. Toiletries and pet food would help too. Otherwise if you can't get there then there are the 2 options to donate detailed further back in the thread.

We're always looking for more volunteers to stand with us for a while, send me a DM here or write to ironsfoodbank@gmail.com if you want to get involved, as Gonzo and Geo do.

For your info in the 4 sessions we've had so far West Ham fans and friends have donated approx £1700, plus approx 380kg in non-perishable food and toiletries to Newham Foodbank for which they're grateful and pass on their thanks.

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Post by BM Jon » Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:09 am

Our next foodbank collection is set for next Saturday from 12 noon antil 2.30pm. If anyone is on the way to any of the pre-match events then please drop by with a tin or a few bob, it all makes a difference to Newham Foodbank. We'll be in the usual place, by the boris bikes on the way to the stadium and aquatics centre, opposite the information office and new wooden building.

We've also set up a chocolate egg appeal for the kids at Easter time. Over 51% of Newham kids are living below the poverty line, it's not their or their families fault, let's just give them a small treat. We'll be grateful for any egg donations at our 2 pre-Easter games, which will be distributed by the Newham Foodbank.

Some of us from Irons Supporting Foodbanks will be at Anfield on Monday making donations to the SOS foodbank. I'm told that we are featured in Monday's matchday programme.

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Post by BM Jon » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:21 pm

Three of us took food donations to the Liverpool foodbank on Monday night.

They asked us to pass on their thanks for all the bank notes donated by our travelling fans.
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Post by BM Jon » Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:23 pm

Just as we were beginning to get momentum with our collections since Christmas which Newham Foodbank were relying on, we've lost our opportunity to collect from those attending the London Stadium and Olympic Park on match days.

Newham Foodbank are now struggling to get donations to fulfill demand. Last Friday evening one of the volunteers advised that they're even running short of tea, coffee and sugar. The Foodbank now gives out a few hundred emergency 3-day food packs a month from their 7 centres across the borough. They really need our help. Just a few bob donated to give.net/newham_foodbank will make a difference, and they've see some extra donations there over the last few days. They're being quoted 2-3 week delivery delays for supermarket deliveries to their warehouse.

It's been reported that Delaware North donated nearly 200 lunch packs due for today's match to the Whitechapel Mission, a great gesture. Newham aren't set up to distribute fresh food, they don't have the facility. The best that they can do for any which comes their way is leave it in a 'help yourself' box outside the main door of the Beckton warehouse.

We've seen in the last 24 hours that other clubs have donated significant amounts to their associated foodbanks: Liverpool players and staff donated £40k for tomorrow's cancelled game, and have pledged a further £10k for every future cancelled game. Man City also donated an unknown amount to the Ciy Fans foodbank appeal.

Finally, a bit more positive news. Two weeks ago we set up the chocolate egg appeal for Newham kids at Easter. The Club has donated 250 eggs, plus £200-worth from Expedient Security. We've also received pledges from LLDC, Newham Council, the Met Police and our newest support partner Spire London East Hospital :)
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Re: Irons Supporting Foodbanks

Post by ToneLoc » Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:47 pm

BM Jon wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:23 pm
Just as we were beginning to get momentum with our collections since Christmas which Newham Foodbank were relying on, we've lost our opportunity to collect from those attending the London Stadium and Olympic Park on match days.

Newham Foodbank are now struggling to get donations to fulfill demand. Last Friday evening one of the volunteers advised that they're even running short of tea, coffee and sugar. The Foodbank now gives out a few hundred emergency 3-day food packs a month from their 7 centres across the borough. They really need our help. Just a few bob donated to give.net/newham_foodbank will make a difference, and they've see some extra donations there over the last few days. They're being quoted 2-3 week delivery delays for supermarket deliveries to their warehouse.

It's been reported that Delaware North donated nearly 200 lunch packs due for today's match to the Whitechapel Mission, a great gesture. Newham aren't set up to distribute fresh food, they don't have the facility. The best that they can do for any which comes their way is leave it in a 'help yourself' box outside the main door of the Beckton warehouse.

We've seen in the last 24 hours that other clubs have donated significant amounts to their associated foodbanks: Liverpool players and staff donated £40k for tomorrow's cancelled game, and have pledged a further £10k for every future cancelled game. Man City also donated an unknown amount to the Ciy Fans foodbank appeal.

Finally, a bit more positive news. Two weeks ago we set up the chocolate egg appeal for Newham kids at Easter. The Club has donated 250 eggs, plus £200-worth from Expedient Security. We've also received pledges from LLDC, Newham Council, the Met Police and our newest support partner Spire London East Hospital :)
Great work John 👍🏻😊❤️
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