A women’s football club in Sheffield is tackling hunger after forming a partnership with a city food bank.
AFC Unity are working with Sheffield’s S2 Foodbank as part of the club’s Football For Food campaign, where players, supporters, management and even opponents are encouraged to bring food donations to Unity’s home games so they can distribute to local food banks.
Director Jaimee Reeve, said: “The Football for Food campaign is an excellent way for AFC Unity to support the local community. S2 Foodbank are just around the corner from our training and match day facilities and I have seen the positive support they offer to those needing food parcels. A nation wide community of football supporters collecting for foodbanks exists and it is fantastic to be part of this at a grassroots level.”
AFC Unity’s Football for Food campaign was launched in 2015, with the club so far collecting 908kg of food that has been distributed to local food banks.
Their first home game of the season took place on Sunday at Sheffield Park Academy, and was where the first collection was made.
S2 Foodbank coordinator, Sue Rose, added: “I am delighted that AFC Unity Football team have chosen us for their great campaign to fight food
poverty; this will provide emergency food for those who are often in crisis.
“The S2 food bank operates as a spring board to enable people to get back on their own feet.”
Meanwhile in Rotherham, a pub is undergoing a six-figure refurbishment, creating five new jobs in the process.
The Ring O’Bells on Fenton Road will centre around an impressive bar area and extensive sports viewing when it reopens on Wednesday October 3.
And across Yorkshire, research from insolvency body R3 shows that in September 32.8 per cent of Yorkshire restaurants were considered to be at higher than normal risk of insolvency.
That is below the national average which saw 34.2 per cent in the overall negative band.
“It is positive to see Yorkshire’s restaurants holding their own in what remains a very tough sector”, said Eleanor Temple, chair of R3 in Yorkshire.