Oldham Athletic, along with Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT) are delighted to extend their support to Oldham Foodbank with three matchday collections planned prior to Christmas.
- Saturday 22nd October – Food collection
- Saturday 26th November – Christmas Toy collection
- Saturday 10th December – TBC
The foodbank, which delivers food directly to people’s homes, has already fed more than 10,000 individuals this year. It is now appealing for additional help as donations have dried up with the cost of living crisis, yet demand has soared.
The matchday collections demonstrate the continued commitment to Oldham Foodbank and the importance of the football club supporting those most in need within our local communities. At the most recent foodbank collection, held prior to the Chesterfield fixture, an estimated 1,000 food items were collected and donated to the charity.
Prior to kick-off at the Yeovil Town fixture on 22nd October, supporters are once again kindly invited to make donations of food and essentials in order to help those in need within our community. In addition, QR codes are visible at all collection points should supporters wish to make a financial contribution with the proceeds being directly used to purchase food items.
For those that don't want to physically donate items but want to contribute, you can donate money through supported giving to Oldham Athletic Community Trust and all fund received will go towards the cause! You can donate by clicking the link HERE.
There will again be three donation points around Boundary Park, these will be:
- Outside of the OACT Family Stand turnstiles.
- Outside of the Jimmy Frizzel Stand turnstiles.
- Within the Club Shop (this is a permanent collection point, available throughout the week).
Martin Vose, OACT Head of Community, said: "Firstly, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the foodbank collection against Chesterfield. The amount of food which we were able to collect, and then donate, was simply incredible.
"I appreciate that the current cost of living crisis is affecting everyone in some way, however anything big or small that is donated will be greatly received by Oldham Foodbank and those who receive emergency food parcels from them."
Please note that due to the above community collections, the Junior Latics Lounge within the OACT Family Stand will remain closed for the foreseeable future as it will be utilised as a community hub. The tuck-shop will however remain open for supporters to use.
OACT would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.
Further details for the two remaining collections will be released in due course.