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Man Utd Foundation continues support for local families

4 Apr 2021
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Club's former defender Wes Brown helps youngsters deliver hampers to those in need

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With many families struggling to put meals on the table during the COVID-19 pandemic, Manchester United are one of the many Premier League clubs helping to alleviate food worries in their local communities.

Together with FareShare Greater Manchester, Manchester United Foundation has helped to distribute 383,000 food items in 21,000 hampers to families in need over the last eight weeks.

This adds to the 80,000 meals the partnership delivered over Christmas.

One of the schools to receive the meals is Manchester Enterprise Academy Central, and principal Emily Raynard said: "It's been a really worrying and challenging year.

"We've got families who would have needed that provision before but we've also got lots of families who've been affected so much by the pandemic that they've found themselves in new challenging circumstances.

"For them, being able to come to the school where they know us and they feel OK coming in and taking advantage of the offer has been really important. Being well fed and looked after is key to them then being able to learn."

Children at the school who have shown resilience during the pandemic were asked to join former Man Utd defender Wes Brown, who was born 10 minutes away from the school, in helping to prepare the hampers for families to collect.

"A lot of families are struggling," says Brown. "You don't want anyone not eating, especially coming to school and not eating.

"If this is one thing off their mind, it's job done really."

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