Supporters back ReadiFood
Royals fans have shown huge generosity in contributing to the charity ‘ReadiFood’, who were collecting prior to our clash with Arsenal on Monday afternoon.
The initiative aims to provide food parcels for those in need in the local area, and there was a huge response from supporters this week – who donated almost 1,000 tins of food and dried goods!
A huge thank you must also go to Compass Group, who donated five hundred pound of supplies - and Event Mobile Catering who were also hugely generous.
Items can still be donated to the cause, simply by visiting Madejski Stadium’s main reception.
For more information on the types of food that the service recommend – click here.
In recent years Food Banks such as ReadiFood have sadly become a feature of most towns across the country. As the economic situation continues, demand for food parcels increases. As Malcolm Peirce, Director of Faith told us, “Demand for food parcels has increased from an average of 17 per week 3 years ago, to over 60 per week at the end 0f 2012. It requires a huge amount of food to be donated in order to meet the need.”
ReadiFood operates on a referral only basis, so that people can’t just ring up and pretend that they are in need. They take referrals from many local agencies, ranging from RBC Housing Department, Children’s Services, Home-Start and the Job Centre to charities such as Launchpad (Reading Single Homeless Project), CIRDIC (Churches in Reading Drop in Centre) and CCA (Christian Community Action).