One of six Northern Premier League clubs successful in the first round of bidding, Newcastle will use the funds to help with the formation of the Newcastle Town Food Bank, inspired by the efforts of England and Manchester United star Marcus Rashford.
During the first lockdown, clubhouse manager Steve Christie helped to create a pop up food bank at the club, providing packed lunches and essential meals for the local community.
From that, the club continued to provide a food bank drop in service for the local area, as well as offering deliveries to families that would benefit from essentials like pasta meals, bread and milk. Most of the donations to the food bank were brought into the club by Steve, who had worked through his phone book and gained support from ASDA and local shops.
The Newcastle Town first team squad also chipped in with more than £450 worth of shopping from ASDA.
The TCF funding will allow a room to be refurbished to become a small, clean and safe area to store food and open as a food bank to the local area once or twice a week, where the community can go to collect essentials to provide for their families.
The club will work closely with various organisations in the area including Regent College, Salvation Army, The Alice Charity and the YMCA to offer any help and support they can, as well as utilising their resources in terms of volunteers and assistants for the food bank.
Furthermore, the local Regent College, a college for students with disabilities, will be engaged in the scheme, helping to provide support for them and run a training programme to enable the students to ‘work’ the food bank, helping them to further develop their life skills.
Furthermore, the club would engage with a local college for students with disabilities to engage them in the scheme, helping to provide support for both them and ensuring the
food bank is fully stocked and run well. The local college is Regent College. The scheme would run a training programme to train the students on how to ‘work’ the food bank, helping to further develop their life skills and chances.
The project will also enable the understanding and reach of food banks to become more accessible. There is no food bank close to the area and with a club with 400+ children, it may become easier for people to access the support and help needed.
Longer term the club wishes the project to link in closer with mental health and wellbeing services after year one of the scheme.