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Foodbank to receive Community Shield cash

The Scunthorpe Foodbank will receive a substantial donation after Iron Trust members nominated them to receive a share of revenue from this season’s Community Shield.

Scunthorpe United asked the Trust, as well as the Official Supporters Club and Winterton Iron, to name up to three local charities to receive a share of £2,000 from the Football Association.

Trust members were asked to put forward locally based registered charities, with the Foodbank coming out on top of the poll just ahead of Lindsey Lodge Hospice.

It has been operated by Scunthorpe Baptist Church, in partnership with The Trussell Trust, since July 2010.

Helen Armstrong, project manager at the Foodbank, said: “The local Core Team have been considering how the use of IT could enable them to provide a better service to their clients. This gift will help this become a reality along with providing vital extra food supplies.”

“The Foodbank provides food for people in crises in the North Lincolnshire area, and is currently feeding in excess of 30 people each week. The food is donated by local people, churches and businesses, and allocation to those in need is done by a team of around 35 Voucher Distributors who all operate in professional capacity with those in need in our society.”

Trust spokesperson Luke Thornhill added: “We are delighted to have been able to assist a local charity which does so much for those less lucky in our town, and think our members chose wisely.”

Lindsey Lodge did not miss out entirely, as they were nominated by Winterton Iron, while the Official Supporters Club put forward the Cardiac Rehabilitation Interest Group.