The next two home games (AFC Wimbledon and Stevenage) will see Exeter City supporters hosting a collection for the Exeter Foodbank. This initiative has been driven by Exeter City Supporters’ Trust.
To kick-start the campaign the Club’s first-team squad made their own donations. Tinned meats and sauces, long-life milk and juice, cereals, tea and coffee, biscuits and toiletries were amongst the items that the players brought along to lay the foundation for the collection.
Grecians supporters can donate non-perishable goods at a collection point in the Red Square social area at St James Park. Those supporters that can’t attend, will be able to drop off goods at the club Reception during normal opening hours.
Exeter City player, and Exeweb sponsored, David Wheeler said:-
The figures relating to the growing reliance that families have on food banks in Exeter and across the UK are shocking, and we can’t imagine what kind of difficulties that this period of austerity brings to a huge number of people.
Laurence Overend, chairman of Exeter City Supporters’ Trust, said:
The need for food banks is a tremendous shame but we hope that we are able to go some way towards relieving the burden on individuals and families during a difficult time.
Exeter Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest food bank provider, and during the 2013-14 financial year Exeter Foodbank provided food and necessities to 4,775 people. In perspective, that amounts to 184 more than attended the Grecians’ Boxing Day fixture against Cheltenham this season.
As of 2012, the South West was the most area of the country which relied most heavily on food banks. During that year, one in every 120 children were fed by food banks in the region. In 2014, over 913,000 food parcels were handed out by the Trussell Trust – well over double the number distributed in the previous year.