Rotherham United have donated their first team travel meals to a food bank after their trip to Charlton Athletic was postponed on Saturday.
Maltby Food bank received a number of meals from the football club after the fixture was delayed, as a significant number of players from both teams were called up for the international fixtures.
Performance and Medicine Manager, Ross Burbeary, contacted the club’s Community Sports Trust to divert the meals to the food bank.
Sue Cartlidge, a Volunteer at the Maltby Foodbank, said: “It was a marvellous donation. When we first received the meals we were very humble and we were overwhelmed by their generosity. I thought it was a beautiful thought and a wonderful thing to do.”
The food bank has supported a number of families and saw a surge in the number of people who needed help after the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent cut to the Universal Credit Uplift.
The 71-year-old from Maltby, explained: “Things are gradually getting worse everyday. The demand is so great, the sooner more organisations start helping food banks, like Rotherham United, the better.
“Everyone here at the food bank is so grateful and it was very much appreciated.”
The Millers made a similar donation after the postponement of their trip to Brentford last season.
Head of Community Jamie Noble was on hand to deliver the meals to the food bank and was pleased the food didn’t go to waste.
The 39-year-old explained: “Once we’d received the phone call from Ross Burbeary, we were delighted to ensure that the meals found a good home, with one of the many worthwhile causes in our local community.
“For us, we’re more than just a football club, we realise we have a position of power in the town and we have a corporate social responsibility to make sure the town is supported.
“Whether that is on the field entertaining them or off the field supporting them.”