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EFL clubs deliver one million food parcels during pandemic

The EFL has delivered its one millionth food parcel as part of its ongoing community work supporting those in need during the global pandemic.

A year to the day since football was forced to stop during the first national lockdown marked the delivery of the one-millionth food parcel delivered by the EFL, with all 72 EFL Clubs continuing to provide community outreach schemes over the last 12 months.

Nottingham Forest’s Ryan Yates delivered the parcel to a local resident who has been relying on food parcel donations throughout the ongoing pandemic. Ryan said: “It’s been a tough year for all of us, especially being separated from loved ones, but made harder for people struggling to put food on their table. At Nottingham Forest, we’ve been doing so much to help those in need – players and staff have been rolling up their sleeves and doing their bit in any way they can. 

“It’s an inspiration to meet everyone today and deliver the one-millionth food parcel on behalf of all of the Clubs in the EFL.”

The initiative is part of the EFL’s community response work to help some of the most vulnerable people in communities across the country since the outbreak of COVID-19. EFL players and staff are among those who have donated food and everyday essentials, which have been packed and distributed to families facing food poverty or unable to leave their homes while shielding from Coronavirus

EFL’s community response to COVID-19 – Key Numbers:  

  • Delivered one million food parcels, sandwiches, and hot meals
  • Delivered over 179,000 items of PPE
  • Delivered more than 22,000 prescriptions
  • Had in excess of 526,000 outgoing and incoming conversations with fans and vulnerable people
  • Stadia is being used as mass vaccination and testing sites to support the NHS
  • Providing over 600 job opportunities for young unemployed people through the Kickstart programme
  • The EFL is spreading awareness about mental health support and provision through its On Your Side charity partnership with Mind

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