When heavy rain forced Saturday’s match against Reading FC to be postponed, Nottingham Forest stepped up to make sure that none of the match day food went to waste.
The Championship game at County Ground had to be delayed — but it meant that there were loads of pies, pasties, and sandwiches that looked set to be dumped.
Instead of letting it contribute to the UK’s already astonishing amount of food waste, the club chose to donate it to a Nottingham-based charity that works to support people who are homeless.
And by the end of Saturday, the club had donated the food to the charity Framework and managed to hand out around 3,000 food parcels.
Forest’s CFO Samantha Gordon and Community CEO Graham Moran also helped in handing out the food parcels, according to the team’s Twitter page.
People on social media were loving the gesture to help tackle the joint issues of food waste and rising homelessness in the UK.
Game off but nothing goes to waste 👏— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) October 26, 2019
#NFFC CFO Samantha Gordon and @NFFC_Community CEO Graham Moran helped to hand out food left over from today’s postponed game to @Framework_HA. pic.twitter.com/Xfw5RqdNxA
Around 3,000 food parcels handed out yesterday following the game's postponement 👏@Framework_HA#NFFCpic.twitter.com/x4XKDV5XZj— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) October 27, 2019
“I love what this club has become,” wrote one. “It’s every bit as important as what happens on the pitch as far as I’m concerned.”
Another added: “Well done all at NFFC! A kind gesture that puts a bit of faith back into human kindness.”
A third wrote: “I know nothing about football, but I know a club worth of its fans when I see one.”
Homelessness and rough sleeping are rising in the UK at an alarming rate. In 2018, according to analysis from the charity Shelter, 320,000 people were recorded as homeless in Britain.
It’s a rise of about 13,000 — or 4% — on the previous year’s figures, the BBC reported — and equivalent to about 36 people becoming homeless every day.
Meanwhile, the UK sends around 15 million tonnes of food to landfill every year — at a cost of about £15 billion.
What’s more, globally, a third of all food produced for human consumption — around 1.3 billion tonnes — is going to waste, while at the same time around 820 million people don’t have enough to eat.
Fans of Nottingham Forest can contribute to the club’s work in support of Framework, however, by getting involved with the charity’s Big Sleep Out 2019, on the night of Nov. 23.
Together we can help change the lives of local homeless people.— Framework (@Framework_HA) October 26, 2019
Join us on 23.11.19 at the famous @Nottingham Forest City Ground to sleep under the stars and raise money for local homelessness.
Sign up today: https://t.co/NnlWnyoYUNpic.twitter.com/QKrKwIWbN3
“Taking part in our flagship fundraising event is a great way to show you care, learn more, and raise vital funds,” says Framework on its Eventbrite page.
All funds raised from the night will go towards tackling rough sleeping in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, it adds, "getting people off the streets, supporting them into accommodation, and empowering them to live stable, independent lives."