A collection for Middlesbrough Foodbank organised by the Middlesbrough Supporters Forum has once more proved a huge success.
With the support of the club, the donation point was set up by MSF outside the North Stand ticket office before the recent home game against Swansea City.
MSF has announced that 737kg of food and more than £1,300 in cash was donated by generous fans to support the invaluable work the foodbank does in the town.
Middlesbrough Foodbank is part of a nationwide network, supported by the Trussell Trust and working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
It provides three days’ of nutritionally balanced emergency food to local people who are referred in crisis.
Mark Motley, chair of Middlesbrough Supporters Forum, said: “Firstly I would like to thank everyone who helped make this such a magnificent success; the volunteers, every single person who donated, the football club for their support and the local media for helping us to get the message out.
“There is never any doubt that Middlesbrough fans will always rally round to help those in their local community who are facing a difficult time, but this time they have surpassed themselves with our best ever.
“The most common question asked was ‘are you doing this again’ and with the great support we receive from the football club we hope to do just that.”
Foodbank volunteer Eric, who was at the collection, said: “I am just blown away by the generosity of the fans. It all started with a young lady coming up to me at the Riverside Stadium as I was setting up the van at 11am with three cans and a £5 note and it just kept coming.
“Thank you to everyone involved.”