The warm welcome afforded to Nuno Espirito Santo when he arrived at Wolverhampton Wanderers is being repaid with a personal donation of £250,000 from the head coach to help "Feed Our Pack", a new project addressing food poverty in the local community.
Launched by Wolves Foundation, the club's official charity, Feed Our Pack will operate for an initial three-year period supporting local foodbanks.
The project will also target combatting "holiday hunger", with a programme of food, sport and education to local children during school holidays.
"Wolves fans and the people of Wolverhampton have been fantastic to me since I arrived here almost four years ago, and I wanted to give something back and help the people who are struggling during the pandemic," Nuno told the official club website.
We are delighted to launch Feed Our Pack!— Wolves Foundation (@wwfcfoundation) January 28, 2021
An initial £500,000 project, kickstarted by Nuno and the @premierleague, that aims to reduce the effects of food poverty & support residents of Wolverhampton who have been affected by the pandemic. @wolves
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"When you live in a city, you see and hear how people have been affected, but it is also a great city where people help and support each other and this is a really important project from Wolves Foundation."
By matching the financial donation made by the Premier League PFA Community Fund, Nuno has helped Feed Our Pack enjoy a strong start.
Anyone wishing to donate to Feed Our Pack can do so at the project's JustGiving page.
Wolves helping in pandemic
Wolves and the Foundation have supported the community throughout the pandemic, working with club owners Fosun to provide PPE equipment to Royal Wolverhampton National Health Service Trust and local social care providers.
They also joined with local groups to distribute food parcels, sweet treats, letters and toys to families over the festive period, while a fundraising campaign led by Foundation ambassador and former player Karl Henry raised more than £50,000 to help equip two new wards at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital.
Clubs supporting communities
Since the onset of the pandemic last year, Premier League clubs and their charity partners have remained focused on supporting local communities, through keeping people connected, helping local NHS trusts or tackling hunger.
Last week Tottenham Hotspur Foundation announced it was teaming with fans to support local foodbanks, while West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Burnley are among the clubs providing meals to vulnerable individuals and families during the latest lockdown.