Homeless champion Lou Macari is donating another £25,000 to Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank.
The former Stoke City manager is providing the financial lifeline to support the charity and its users through the coronavirus pandemic.
It is the second time The Macari Foundation – which was founded by Lou – has provided £25,000 funding to the foodbank.
The Macari Foundation also operates the 48-bed Macari Centre homeless hostel, in Regent Road, Hanley. Its residents have had to move to hotels due to the latest Government lockdown rules.
Lou said: “These are unprecedented times and foodbanks are struggling to keep up with demand. It’s no secret that Stoke-on-Trent has problems with poverty and we have to make sure no-one goes hungry.
“It looks like we won’t be returning to normality for some time and we should all be in this together. If we can afford to do it then organisations similar to ourselves should also be willing to put their hands in their pockets. There has never been a more urgent time to make sure our foodbanks are overflowing.”
Blurton-based Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank operates 15 collection centres across North Staffordshire. Recipients must have a foodbank voucher to qualify for a food parcel.
Latest figures show it handed out 12,773 packages of three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis between April, 2018 and March, 2019. A total of 4,646 of these packages were handed to children.
Foodbank trustees chairman Keith Stubbs said: “Lou’s support is amazing – I’m gobsmacked. I can’t express how much this money means for our organisation.
“When we started four years ago we served about 500 people each month. That figure has increased year on year and we now serve around 1,400.
“On behalf of the Foodbank charity and all the people we serve, I can’t thank Lou enough.”