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Teams from Blackburn and Everton donating food

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Matchday food at postponed football fixtures donated to food banks and homeless shelters

April 01, 2020

Sodexo operates hospitality and food services for stadia at several leading football clubs across the UK and Scotland.

Following the announcement that football fixtures would be immediately suspended, and in response to the UK government’s measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our quick-thinking teams at our stadia sprung to action to make sure food that should have been used in the matches’ catering and hospitality services didn’t go to waste.
In line with Sodexo's commitment to fighting food waste and eliminating food poverty, Sodexo’s Sports & Leisure teams arranged for surplus packaged and prepared food to be donated to local food banks and homeless shelters.
Working with Everton, who were due to host rivals Liverpool at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby, Sodexo donated fruit and vegetables and additional produce to North Liverpool Foodbank (NLF).
NLF supplies emergency food parcels and has grown to operate with multiple distribution centres and feed more than 7,000 people annually since its first foodbank opened in 2012.
Food originally destined for fans and hospitality guests at Newcastle United’s match against Sheffield United at St James’ Park was distributed to Newcastle West End Foodbank. The club donated pies and a range of cold meats.
At Blackburn Rovers, the food at Ewood Park was collected by the Salvation Army Bramwell Lifehouse and the Blackburn with Darwen Foyer, charities which provide accommodation for those in need in the local area.
Food purchased for the hospitality lounges and retail kiosks at Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium for the match against Arsenal was donated to the city’s homeless community.
All surplus fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products and sandwiches were donated to Sussex Homeless Support and will be used to serve and provide food across various night shelters and soup kitchens in and around the Brighton & Hove area.
At Portsmouth, who were due to host Accrington Stanley at Fratton Park, pies and sausage rolls which would have been sold to fans in the kiosks went to various homeless charities and hostels. Food which would have been enjoyed by corporate guests went to St Simon’s Church for their ‘Sunday Suppers’ initiative.
Find out more about Sodexo’s Stop Hunger Foundation here.
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