We know from our own work in the community that Islington is a neighborhood of extremes, where great wealth often lives alongside poverty and deprivation. Therefore, we have teamed up with Islington Foodbank to introduce an in-game food bank collection at Emirates Stadium, which will take place at every weekend game from the Wolverhampton Wanderers game on December 2nd until the end of the season 2023/24.
The food bank will be open from 12:30pm until kick-off and is on podium level adjacent to the Tony Adams statue in the north-east corner of the ground. If you can help, Islington Foodbank will be keen to accept baked beans, tinned fish, tinned soup, tinned fruit and pasta, as well as sanitary products and, for the next three weeks, any Christmas treats such as chocolates and snacks.
We previously set up food banks here on an irregular basis before Covid, but this is the result of a joint effort between Arsenal in the Community, our Fan Services team, supporter groups and Islington Foodbank to offer greater support to local residents in need. Demand has grown steadily since 2011 as families struggle to make ends meet, and in 2022 Islington Foodbank distributed 33,000kg of food to more than 4,000 people, 1,300 of whom were children.
Islington Foodbank was founded in 2011 and operates from Highbury Roundhouse on Ronalds Road. Over the years, Islington Foodbank has become an established pillar of the community, offering services to the most vulnerable members of the community.
Open on Mondays and Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. Run entirely by volunteers, the food bank aims to provide people in crisis with three days of emergency food. Donations come from a variety of sources: residents, supermarkets, local businesses and other groups. It depends on the generosity of residents to help replenish food supply levels.
For more information visit the Islington Foodbank website here
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