Rivalry Set Aside As The Teams From Manchester Come Together To Help Battle Coronavirus With A £100,000 Donation For Food Banks.

Manchester United and Manchester City have donated a combined £100,000 to help food banks in Greater Manchester meet increased demand from vulnerable people, as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Food banks are designed to provide short-term, emergency support with food during a crisis. Their aim is to relieve the immediate pressure of the crisis by providing food, while also providing additional support to help people resolve the crises that they face.

Following a new co-operation between the Man City and Man United Fans' Foodbanks to launch a fund-raising appeal in response to the impact of coronavirus, each club will donate £50,000 to the Trussell Trust.

The Trussell Trust support a network of over 1,200 food-bank centres, including 19 in the Greater Manchester area, which will be the beneficiaries of this donation.

These groups usually collect supplies outside Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium, before it was announced that the shutdown to the league season will be extended until April 30 at the earliest due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

This donations will help local food banks increase capacity and compensate for the temporary loss of food donations on matchdays through the MCFC Fans' Foodbank Support and MUFC Fans' Foodbank.

In a joint-statement, Manchester City and Manchester United said:
“We are proud of the role our supporters play in helping local food banks and recognise the increased strain likely to be placed on these charities by the impact of coronavirus. At a time of challenge for our community, we are pleased to come together with our fans to help vulnerable members of society in a City United.”

The Trussell Trust’s senior operations manager Rachel Macklin said:
“As the coronavirus pandemic develops, more people than ever may need help from food banks across our network. This situation presents a huge additional pressure on already overstretched resources. We may start to see a reduction in food donations and volunteers may become unavailable if they are in the at-risk categories or are self-isolating.

“We’re working closely with our network to understand each food bank’s situation, offer guidance, and work out how we can best support them. We know we won’t be able to do this alone, so we are truly grateful for the support Manchester United and Manchester City are showing local food banks. On behalf of food banks in our network in Manchester, we thank you so much.

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