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Re: Irons Supporting Foodbanks

Post by BM Jon » Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:51 pm

We were pleased to see that over 1000 chocolate eggs were donated since the Southampton game for our appeal. These have been distributed over the last few weeks by Newham Foodbank to local families with kids needing to use the foodbank. Many thanks to the club and associated partners, plus the number of Hammers fans and friends who supported the appeal.

Since the lockdown it's become even harder for the foodbank to operate with the extra demand on making home deliveries to the vulnerable, and a general reduction in the usual food drop offs at supermarkets and other outlets. On top of that, their 7 centres are now each supplying on average 690 meals a day, way over twice what they were providing a month ago. Much of this is now sourced and bought directly from supermarket chains and is a bigger drain on their finances. Any donations to give.net/newham_foodbank are always welcome. They're up to 26% of their initial target tonight, but this figure in reality was set way before the current crisis.

We're in regular contact with the Foundation and the club regarding durther assistance to the community.
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Post by BM Jon » Thu May 07, 2020 9:12 pm

Whilst it's been frustrating for us in not being able to collect food on behalf of Newham Foodbank we can only remind fans and friends that we can donate Saturday's beer money or whatever to their funding page at http://www.give.net/newham_foodbank

Newham's demand is still growing, over 100 people in the foodbank queue at Manor Park yesterday. 87 vouchers processed. Take an average family size of 4, with 3 daily meals for 3 days = 3132 meals :(

In other news the WHU Foundation has provided a vehicle and driver to make food parcel deliveries to the vulnerable in Newham. We're still in regular contact with the Foundation and the Club on further support.

We're one of a small handful of Premier League clubs operating a fans' foodbank. The Merseyside clubs generally take the lead on initiatives as they've built up their foodbank support for 5 years. Their current project is to collect donations for the local manufacture of PPE visors (apparently hospitals have reported that they're better than NHS quality) supplied FOC for local hospitals. They've so far made 5000. They've decided to help the other fans' foodbank groups, so this Saturday will be delivering several 1000 to Newcastle and the 2 Manchester clubs. I'll also be picking up a quantity destined for our East London hospitals. A terrific gesture.
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Re: Irons Supporting Foodbanks

Post by Flairon » Thu May 07, 2020 11:34 pm

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Some of you may know that I've been trying to set up a foodbank collection point at the LS on matchdays.

I've finally received the green light from LS185 today to set up a collection point next to the information portakabin by Endeavour Square, on the way in from Westfield. We'll be there 3 hours before k.o. for every first team game, starting with the Leicester game on 28th December.

I realise this won't be everyone's cup of tea, and I don't do politics, but for me its a numbers game, with over a million football fans going to the stadium over a season. That has to make a difference to Newham Foodbanks who we are collecting for, West Ham fans helping the local community.

The football foodbanks have been growing nationally for a few years. Liverpool and Everton started them off 5 years ago, and now collect about a tonne of donations at each game. They supply 30% of all foodbank donations in Liverpool. I've met the guys doing the same at Man United, Newcastle, Burnley and Huddersfield. In London, Arsenal, QPR, Fulham and Charlton have their own matchday foodbanks run by fans.

We'll be collecting donations of non-perishables, so tins, tea, coffee, long-life juice, long-life milk etc. It would be fantastic if the West Ham fans community could help fight food poverty in Newham.

Please donate something when you can, and spread the word.

Many thanks.
I would like to tip my hat to you sir. Well done, it is a jolly decent thing you are doing.
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Post by BM Jon » Sat May 09, 2020 9:57 pm

Under different circumstances we would have been playing at Old Trafford today. Instead I went over to the Etihad to meet the folks from Liverpool's Fans Supporting Foodbanks.

They've donated 1000 PPE visors to us for East London hospitals and front line care workers. The club is looking at getting them delivered to the Newham Foodbank's Beckton warehouse during next week, from where they'll be distributed locally.

#fanactivism ;)
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Post by BM Jon » Sun May 17, 2020 1:29 pm

We would have been collecting food and cash donations before the Villa game today. Sadly we'll be approx £600-£700 short in donations for Newham Foodbank. In the last full week they've supplied 616 Newham families, over 22,000 meals. Please donate here to help them if you can :

http://www.give.net/newham_foodbank

In other news, through our association with the national Fans Supporting Foodbanks group, we have 1,000 PPE visors presently being distributed to hospitals and care homes in East London.
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Re: Irons Supporting Foodbanks

Post by JayK » Mon May 18, 2020 12:16 am

BM Jon wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 1:29 pm
We would have been collecting food and cash donations before the Villa game today. Sadly we'll be approx £600-£700 short in donations for Newham Foodbank. In the last full week they've supplied 616 Newham families, over 22,000 meals. Please donate here to help them if you can :

http://www.give.net/newham_foodbank

In other news, through our association with the national Fans Supporting Foodbanks group, we have 1,000 PPE visors presently being distributed to hospitals and care homes in East London.
Brilliant work Jon.....particularly in these unprecedented times!!
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Post by BM Jon » Sat May 23, 2020 9:32 pm

The last of the 1,000 PPE visors donated by Merseyside PPE Hub were distributed this week by our own mywhufc. Thanks Nigel.

Newham Council received 350 for care home and frontline staff. Over 500 went to 4 hospitals in the NHS Barts Hospital Group, Brentwood Community Hospital and Barking Hospital. Another 50 went to Aspire Community Care whose carers make home visits to the Newham vulnerable.

The PPE Hub have now made over 40,000 visors for national distribution. Yesterday 2,000 were delivered to London Underground frontline staff.

Just for info, last Thursday the Hub held a #LapsForLives fundraiser around their car park for 12 hours, each runner doing 15 minutes. A few names ran including Johnny Vegas, Jamie Carragher, Sue Smith and Neil Mellor. By the end they had pledges for £15,000. The whole distance had been calculated as 66 miles, which was equivalent to a return trip to the Etihad to bring the Premier league trophy to Liverpool :lol:
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Re: Irons Supporting Foodbanks

Post by BM Jon » Wed May 27, 2020 9:11 pm

David Sullivan has donated £3,500 to Newham Foodbank to cover what we estimate was lost to the foodbank from the 5 cancelled home games. When he heard about the shortfall he contacted us and said he'd cover this amount personally.

It was also an unexpected gesture of him to donate a further £1,500 to the Merseyside PPE Hub for the 1,000 PPE visors that last week were distributed to east London and Essex hospitals, and Newham Council for their care homes and front line workers.

Fair play.
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Re: Irons Supporting Foodbanks

Post by BlackDiamond » Wed May 27, 2020 9:45 pm

BM Jon wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 9:11 pm
David Sullivan has donated £3,500 to Newham Foodbank to cover what we estimate was lost to the foodbank from the 5 cancelled home games. When he heard about the shortfall he contacted us and said he'd cover this amount personally.

It was also an unexpected gesture of him to donate a further £1,500 to the Merseyside PPE Hub for the 1,000 PPE visors that last week were distributed to east London and Essex hospitals, and Newham Council for their care homes and front line workers.

Fair play.
Decent gesture and shows small contributions from wealthy people can do good things in significant ways.
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Re: Irons Supporting Foodbanks

Post by JayK » Thu May 28, 2020 5:38 pm

BM Jon wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 9:11 pm
David Sullivan has donated £3,500 to Newham Foodbank to cover what we estimate was lost to the foodbank from the 5 cancelled home games. When he heard about the shortfall he contacted us and said he'd cover this amount personally.

It was also an unexpected gesture of him to donate a further £1,500 to the Merseyside PPE Hub for the 1,000 PPE visors that last week were distributed to east London and Essex hospitals, and Newham Council for their care homes and front line workers.

Fair play.
Fair play indeed. That is this summers transfer budget spent already now though 🤣🤣
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