Reading FC Community Trust are still working hard during these unprecented times and are continuing to support children and adults who are vulnerable and at risk in the local community.
A food donation initiative, started by Reading FC Community Trust at the onset of the Coronavirus crisis, continues at this much needed time.
Dave Evans, Community Trust Manager, initially approached Reading FC Conference & Events about helping to donate unused food from postponed conferences at the stadium - a conversation which initially resulted in almost 100kg of fresh food being donated to Reading’s branch of The Salvation Army.
Next, food normally prepared for the players at the training ground - who of course currently aren’t training - could be redistributed for good causes.
Kindly the catering company who supply Hogwood Park, Compass Group, were more than happy to donate the fresh food that usually feeds our first team a nutritious breakfast and lunch to and the Trust delivered it to Wokingham Foodbank and again to the Salvation Army.
🥬 Royals donate fresh food to help feed homeless in Reading20 March 2020
Wokingham Foodbank provide nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local individuals and families - and are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
The Salvation Army food donation will be redistributed to families in need via the Whitley Development Community Association (serving up to 100 food parcels a week), The Weller Centre (a community centre which runs a community breakfast club), The Queen's Arms (a Community fridge and night shelter project) and CIRDIC (Churches in Reading Drop In Centre for those experiencing homelessness).
Twelve crates of food including potatoes, fruit (strawberries, grapes, oranges and bananas), cheese, milk, eggs, vegetables, mushrooms, were given away on that occasion.
And it doesn't stop. In Friday, when there were around 50 loaves of bread available to donate, our Social Inclusion Officer Keith Greene was more than happy to deliver to The Grub Club, a food bank in Wokingham.
We are expecting more food and drink donations to be delivered to the doorsteps of The Reading Salvation Army, Grub Club and care homes in the local area next week.