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On Tuesday 4th October we are scheduled to welcome Bearsted to Martyn Grove in a SCEFL Premier Division game.

On this date we will be holding a foodbank collection in which we will be asking supporters coming to the game to donate food and non-food items in lieu of an admission fee.

All items donated will then be passed on to the Medway Foodbank.

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on

a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.

The Medway Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by the Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. The Foodbank Network was founded in 2004 after four years of developing the original foodbank based in Salisbury. Since then The Trussell Trust has helped communities work together to launch foodbanks nationwide in a wide range of towns and cities.

In 2021/22, The Trussell Trust’s Foodbank Network provided 2,173,158 three-day emergency food supplies and support to UK people in crisis. Of these, 832,109 went to children.

Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks in the Trussell Trust network is donated by the public - that's why your food donations are absolutely vital to our ability to give everyone referred to the foodbank a balanced and nutritious three day supply of food.

If you are attending our match against Bearsted on the 4th October, then you can make a difference in providing support to Medway people in need. All we ask is that you bring a minimum of three food or non-food items and we will give you free admission to the game in return.

Medway Foodbank only works with non-perishable food items (tinned and dried goods), which do not spoil or decay, so no fresh, chilled or ‘use by’ dated items. All items should be unopened, in date (i.e. within the ‘best before date’ or BBD) and in good condition. This means that neither the foodbank nor the recipient has to worry about storing the food in a fridge or freezer, and there is less likelihood of food going to waste. They also take non-food items such as toiletries and cleaning products, as these are just as essential to those in need.

Please see the poster within this news story for suggested items that are currently being requested by the foodbank.

We thank you in advance for any support you can give to this cause.

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