Wrexham fans collected almost 350 kilograms of food items at this week’s FA Cup match at the Racecourse, which has been donated to the Wrexham Foodbank.
Collection points around the ground were manned by volunteers from the Supporters Trust ahead of the kick off. Wrexham’s opponents, Oxford United, also brought items following a campaign on social media.
Terry Scott from the Trust said afterwards “It’s been a great response from Wrexham fans. It is the first time we have done this, and it is pleasing to see so many people coming out on a cold night to help others in this way. We are a community club, and supporting the local community is important to us as a club. We are delighted that our visitors helped out as well – although naturally we’re disappointed we didn’t win on the pitch too.”
The foodbank is supported by local churches, the Salvation Army and the Trussel Trust.
After the donations were handed over, Ian McCredie from the Salvation Army said “Wrexham Foodbank would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all who supported the collection before the FA Cup match on Monday evening. A total of 345.6Kg of food was donated along with £25.00 in cash donations. Whether the fans brought one can or a bag full of cans, every bit helped to make this a superb collection.”
“Wrexham Foodbank currently support on average 180 individuals/families each month with food parcels. Since launching in September 2012, they have helped almost 5000 local people and have distributed 32,000kg of food. This Christmas they are also supplying 230 families with a Christmas hamper to help them during this expensive season. All of this work would not be possible without the support of the public and the donations received.”