Last weekend, organisations across Tottenham and Wood Green were supporting parents and carers ahead of the school holidays, by distributing foodbank location flyers, door-to-door.
The food support flyers were created by Tottenham Foodbank, featuring 20 local organisations offering free food to residents in need.
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and club ambassador legend Ossie Ardiles, and members of the Armed Forces Spurs Supporters’ Club joined local volunteers in the distribution effort, in preparation for the May half term break.
Pastor Tonye Philemon, Tottenham Foodbank manager said: “Our goal is getting information into the hands of neighbours who urgently need help with food, housing, debt management, mental health and secure jobs. By teaming up with Spurs fans and food support organisations across our community, there’s no limit to what we can achieve together.”
Foodbanks provide emergency food and support to people living in poverty – currently more than 14 million people in the UK – including 4.5 million children.
Squadron Leader Will Brooke, Chairman of Armed Forces Spurs Official Supporters Club, said: “As members of the Armed Forces, we are extremely keen to engage in wider community activities, specifically lending help and support to members of society who need a helping hand.
“When we were made aware of the great work of Tottenham Foodbank through Spurs social media channels, our available members jumped at the chance to help out, providing enduring support to the foodbank team. Helping out in the Tottenham community is our way of giving something back and saying thank you to the local residents and Spurs fans.”
During the Covid-19 pandemic, demand for foodbanks has risen by approximately 300%.
Tottenham resident and serving member in the armed forces, Enoch Atta Nyantakyi said: “Living in Tottenham you’re always aware of people struggling to afford the basics […] so, when Will asked, in the Armed Forces Spurs Supporters’ Club WhatsApp group, who wanted to help distribute flyers, I was the first volunteer to reply.”