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We team up with Arsenal workers to help get 30,000 meals on table for those in need

Teamwork between Gunners, HIS charity, Camden Council and the CNJ

30 April, 2020 — By Dan Carrier

The New Journal’s Dan Carrier with Camden Council’s Samantha Whiteside and Steve Davies from Arsenal’s community projects organisation Kicks

DINNER tables across the borough enjoyed a boost this week – after the New Journal helped source enough food to provide 30,000 meals.

Working with Camden Council, Arsenal Football Club and food charity HIS Church, an articulated lorry holding 15 tonnes arrived at the Town Hall yesterday (Wednesday) – and council workers spent the day stocking up food banks and mutual aid groups.

Three years ago, the New Journal used our contacts to send 1,000 kits to a South African township football league – and when Arsenal’s community workers heard what we were doing, they donated a job lot of shirts and shorts.

As the pandemic continues to bite, we spoke again with our contacts at the club who had helped us in the past and helped arrange for their charitable partners at HIS Church to bring the bumper delivery.

Arsenal’s food truck arrives in Camden

HIS Church work with supermarkets to take surplus stock and distribute it.

They have an aircraft hangar loaded with brand-name goods in Lincolnshire – and on Wednesday morning, the first shipment arrived in Eversholt Street, Euston. They have been working in partnership with the football club to help ease food poverty across north London, and are sourcing enough food to provide 1.5 million meals during the pandemic.

HIS Church organiser Richard Humphreys told the New Journal he believed the stocks delivered yesterday included the charity’s one millionth donated meal since lock down.

He added: “It is wonderful to be able to work with Arsenal and Camden Council to help.”

The Town Hall’s emergency management officer, Samantha Whiteside, added: “All our drivers are volunteers from different departments. They include plasterers, plumbers, caretakers, council staff from right across our services. They have come in to help the people the live near and work with, and are taking the food to help ease the difficult situation many are facing.”

Arsenal’s Kicks community programme project manager, Steve Davies, who has helped co-ordinate the charitable projects across Camden, Islington and Hackney, said: “We work closely with councils and other bodies, like the New Journal, to ensure food goes to people who genuinely need it. We have been working with HIS Church for years, often for children who usually have free meals when they are at school and may need access to food during holidays.”

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