Manchester City and Manchester United have joined together to reprise their A City United campaign and to donate £100,000 to help foodbanks in Greater Manchester.
In order to help those organisations meet increased demand from vulnerable people as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the clubs will collaborate, while a similar agreement is in place between the MCFC and MUFC Fans’ Foodbanks organisations, who will launch a fundraising appeal.
The two clubs collaborated in a similar solidarity campaign in 2017 in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing.
In a joint statement, Manchester United and Manchester City 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.”
Each club has also said it will donate £50,000 to the Trussell Trust, which supports a network of over 1,200 food bank centres, including 19 in the Greater Manchester area which will be the beneficiaries of the donation.
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.”
The donations will help local foodbanks increase capacity and compensate for the loss of matchday food donations.
Supplies are usually collected outside Old Trafford and The Etihad before home games, but an online Fans Supporting Foodbanks coronavirus fundraising appeal is open for donations from fans who wish to continue to support.