Bring your foodbank donation and help MMU’s footy team charity support for Manchester Central Foodbank

  • MMU Men’s Football team have created a January incentive, collecting for the Manchester Central food bank.
  • Northern Quota reporter Jess caught up with the team's chairman, Russell Townsend, about the campaign

Manchester Metropolitan students are being encouraged to support the Manchester Met Men’s Football team’s January food bank collection by making a donation to the Student Union.

After a successful charity campaign last year, where five players slept out rough in Manchester City centre, raising over £500 for the charity Wood Street Mission, the team wanted to do something that everyone could get involved in this year.

Russell Townsend, MBusiness student and chairman of the Football society, said: “We’ll be providing something that could change someone else’s life and hopefully make a bit of difference.”

With one in five people in the North West living below the poverty line, there is no better time to get involved and help out.

Once all collected in, the team will take the collection down to Manchester Central food bank, where the company will distribute it to the public. 

If you don’t feel a bit guilty for all the food that you ate over Christmas, then I don’t know what will make you want to donate.

After going home, like all students do, and indulging with their mums and dads, giving them all the chocolate they eat. Then sparing a couple of cans, it doesn’t matter how many it is or what brand it is – it could be a supermarket own brand – anything helps.

It is estimated foodbanks across the UK support more than one million people each year, including more than 160,000 in the North West.

You can leave any donations in the Office at the Student Union, where the team will pick it up from.

Supporters wishing to donate are encouraged to bring dry products, such as rice or pasta; tinned products, or packet products such as breakfast cereals, biscuits, long life milk, fruit juice and sugar. Toiletries, and children’s nappies are also welcome.

The following items would be gratefully received: 
Milk (UHT or dried)
Fruit juice
Tinned fish/meat
Tinned tomatoes
Mash potatoes (instant) 
Tinned rice pudding
Tinned fruit
Tinned vegetables
Small chocolate or snack bars
Tinned soup
Pasta sauce