By Alexandra Warren
Crystal Palace Football Club has committed to providing 5,000 free meals to vulnerable people this winter.
The Palace Kitchen will reopen this month to give healthy meals to people in need – such as those in emergency housing, the elderly and the homeless.
The club has pledged to cover the cost of staff, ingredients and packing for the whole month, and aims to cook 350 meals per day, four days a week.
Club Chairman Steve Parish said: “As we navigate the Covid-19 pandemic and in the run-up to Christmas, we are committed to making life a little easier for as many people as possible.
“This is a cause close to our hearts, having previously partnered with our local food bank, as well as homeless charity Crisis in recent years.
“With more than 16,500 Palace Kitchen meals delivered during the first lockdown, we are aiming to deliver meals to as many people as we can between now and the new year.
“It is a project that the whole club is getting behind – from the shareholders, to the players, staff, commercial partners, and I’m sure our supporters will also be keen to contribute, as they always do for such good causes, which will enable us to help more people in need, for longer.”
The club will work with Croydon council to identify vulnerable people, and meals will be distributed by City Harvest and Croydon Voluntary Action – the cost of which will be covered by City Harvest.
Stephen Winningham, vice chairman of City Harvest London, said: “City Harvest is proud to partner again with Crystal Palace in ensuring that individuals and families in need receive nutritious free meals this December.
“Crystal Palace supports its nearby communities brilliantly through creating these meals, and we’re pleased to assist by rushing the meals to local charities that serve them.”
Councillor Jane Avis, Croydon council’s cabinet member for homes and gateway services, said: “This generous initiative put forward by Crystal Palace Football Club will give extra help to those who need it, and it’s another example of how they support the local community by working closely with the council, charities and other partners.”
The club is welcoming any donations to run the project beyond Christmas and through the winter. To support the Palace Kitchen, please click here.
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