Former One Direction heart-throb Liam Payne has been helping people in Stoke-on-Trent during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The 26-year-old popstar has donated 360,000 meals to food banks who have been struggling to get supplies during the health crisis.
The donation has seen food being given to 100 foodbanks in the Midlands – including Stoke-on-Trent.
Liam – who has over 18million followers on Instagram – wrote on the social platform: “No one should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from: not now, not ever. I am donating to @trusselltrust and if you can help too then please do… Take care, stay at home and look after one another. Link in bio to donate.”
He added in a statement: “It’s not right that anyone in our country is unable to afford food. Food banks do incredible work to help the people most in need of support.
“As this crisis unfolds, joining forces with the Trussell Trust, I will be supporting over 100 food banks in the Midlands and other UK cities so that they can continue to provide their essential community service for those in crisis, providing more than 360,000 meals over the next three months.
“I’m also donating because of The Trussell Trust’s mission to work towards a future where no one needs a food bank.
“When we’re out the other side of this, we need to look at why there are people in our country who don’t have enough money for food. Long term, I want to play my part in finding a solution to ensure people have enough money to buy their own food – and end the need for food banks.”
The chief Executive of Trussel Trust said that the charity is “so grateful to Liam for his generous donation” which will “provide the best possible emergency help to people referred at an uncertain time”.
The Trust is currently working with food banks across the country to make sure that food supplies are delivered to people in crisis in the safest way possible.
In North Staffordshire, the Trust has 16 foodbank centres with its main location being in Blurton.