Wycombe Wanderers and Football for Peace (FfP), the global charity that uses football to raise awareness of pressing social and environmental issues in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, is proud to launch the ‘Football for Peace Food Drive’ campaign today.
In partnership with Wembley Stadium’s caterer, Delaware North, ‘Football for Peace Food Drive’ will distribute surplus food supplies from Wembley Stadium to families in need across the nation. Half a million food items will be delivered through the week involving clubs, players and fans. Five other English football clubs – Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Aston Villa, Oxford United and Sutton United – are also taking part in the national campaign, as well as former Chairboy Marcus Bean, who is an ambassador for the project.
Due to ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Wembley Stadium has been unable to host major football and hospitality events and, as such, has accumulated a massive store of approximately 500,000 items of food. FfP has teamed-up with Wembley’s Head of Culinary, Harry Lomas, to ensure this food does not go to waste and, instead, supports the families who need it most.
As the UK marks one year since the beginning of the first national lockdown, the ‘Football for Peace Food Drive’ campaign is bringing the football family together to provide essential food items to areas in need and helping those who have endured recent hardship brought on by COVID-19 social and economic challenges.
Co-Founder of Football for Peace, Kash Siddiqi, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Wycombe Wanderers and the other clubs to offer support to families who have been hit hard by the pandemic. When we heard about the surplus food at Wembley, we knew it was a great opportunity to contribute to communities across the country and make a real impact.
“It’s great to see the football community coming together for such a worthwhile cause and we’re extremely grateful to all the partners and clubs who have helped the Football for Peace Food Drive make a real difference.”
Trevor Stroud, director of Wycombe Wanderers, said: “Football for Peace is a fantastic initiative and we’re honoured to be taking part and offering further support to One Can Trust, with whom we have enjoyed a special partnership over the past 18 months and been proud to work alongside during their most challenging periods.
“One Can Trust has helped so many vulnerable families thanks to a real collective effort from its volunteers, Street Heroes and donors, and we’re thrilled that the food delivery via Football for Peace will benefit even more people in the Wycombe area.”
One Can Trust Chair Graham Peart added: "This is a great initiative and we're pleased to be working once again with our partners at Wycombe Wanderers. Together we'll ensure that food which would otherwise have gone to waste will be used by the local families and individuals we support. With demand at the food bank currently around triple that it was this time last year, we need the continued support of the whole community and the Chairboys are a huge part of that. Thank you so much!"
Wembley Stadium’s Head of Culinary, Harry Lomas, said: “We are very happy to be part of the Football for Peace Food Drive and provide clubs, charities and families with essential food at this challenging time for the nation.”