Foundation donates over 100,000 essential items
Manchester United Foundation has provided more than 100,000 essential items such as hats, gloves, and warm clothing to support families across the Greater Manchester region as part of its winter giving campaign.
Alongside the slow cookers, every school received seven unique recipe cards, devised by Manchester United head chef, James Tagg. Families will be encouraged to follow Chef Tagg’s recipes to cook nutritious, simple and cost-effective meals during the winter period.
Further support from Manchester United saw countless bags of clothing – which were kindly donated by supporters ahead of last month’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford – distributed among young people at one of the Foundation’s partner high schools. The club has welcomed hundreds of local people to the Warm Hub initiative that was launched in December to provide those in need with a space to stay warm, chat, have a hot drink and some snacks.
In addition to the Warm Hub, the club have introduced ‘Happy-to-Chat Benches’ on the forecourt at Old Trafford – signposted as a welcoming place for people who may feel lonely or worried to sit and talk to others. The Foundation’s chief executive John Shiels explained: “With so many across Greater Manchester experiencing the effects of the on-going cost-of-living crisis, we are determined to provide as much support as we can to our young people and their families during these difficult times.
“The items we have provided will have a lasting effect on thousands of local families. Distributing slow cookers to our schools and young people will be incredibly impactful by helping people to get the nutrition they need and gain the knowledge needed to cook a fantastic range of simple recipes, kindly devised by Chef Tagg.
“We look forward to hearing about the impact that has had for our young people across our schools and community sites in the region, and to see them sporting their new winter clothing items, which will be vital, as we want our participants to continue enjoying the benefits of physical exercise in our sessions despite the cold temperatures.”