QPR is partnering with Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank to run a food collection before the R’s home match with Aston Villa on November 18th.
Supporters are being urged to bring spare tinned fruit, tinned vegetables, tinned meat, tinned rice pudding, instant mash and powdered milk – which can be donated at three collection points around the stadium before the match.
The donations of non-perishable food will go towards three-day emergency food packs that are given to people who are referred to the foodbank when in crisis. One of the H&F Foodbank centres is located in Bloemfontein Road, 300 yards away from Loftus Road.
The three collection points are:
- The Family Fanzone, Play Football Shepherds Bush, South Africa Road
- Outside main reception, South Africa Road
- Corner of Loftus Road and Ellerslie Road
In addition, QPR in the Community Trust has today become an official referral agency of Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank, which means they are able to issue vouchers for three-day emergency food packs to people who need them.
The two organisations also plan to work more closely to deliver employability support to people without work, which is often an underlying cause of hunger.
Andy Evans, CEO of QPR in the Community Trust, said: “In a rich country like the UK it can’t be right that some people are going hungry.
“We hope that our matchday food collection will mean that as well as QPR fans helping people in need, we can raise the profile of this excellent local charity and the work that they do.
“We also look forward to a long term partnership that helps to address some of the issues that lie behind the difficult circumstances people find themselves in.”
Daphine Aikens, Founder and Chief Executive of Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank, added: “The reality of hunger in our community must be given the attention it deserves. For this reason, we're incredibly grateful to everyone at QPR for arranging this food collection.
“Parcels containing the equivalent of around 55,000 meals have already been distributed in the local area since April. This collection will not only help raise awareness of local hunger, but also help ensure that we're able to continue to provide emergency food parcels to the thousands of men, women, and children who are referred to us each year.”