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Diss Town Football Club tackle hunger by helping foodbank




Inspired by Marcus Rashford’s free school meals campaign, players at Diss Town Football Club have pulled together to provide vital food for a foodbank.

All playing staff, along with members of the backroom staff and supporters, managed to accumulate a “truck load” of food, which has since been donated to Waveney Foodbank, based in Eye.

Tangerines captain and centre-half Owen French said that the idea was inspired by Rashford’s free school meals campaign, which saw the Manchester United and England striker (pictured) galvanise public support to tackle child hunger earlier this year.

Diss Town Football Club's first team captain Owen French and club manager Michael King with some of the food that was bought by the players which will be donated to local food banks. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.
Diss Town Football Club's first team captain Owen French and club manager Michael King with some of the food that was bought by the players which will be donated to local food banks. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.

Mr French, who is originally from Lowestoft, said: “I came up with the idea on the back of Marcus Rashford’s free school meals campaign and seeing everything he did to help with child hunger.

“I work at a school, working with children, and I thought ‘how can I contribute?’ and thought that the squad should all get together to help a foodbank.

“It’s been quite a difficult time for foodbanks, so what better way to give back to the community.”

The PE teacher added: “We decided we would put extra food, tins and anything that would be nice for Christmas into our shopping basket each week – all ready for a collection.

“I was really pleased – all the team got on board straight away .

The 24-year-old, who is in his first season at Brewers Green Lane, added that he hopes the initiative becomes an annual Christmas tradition, long after his spell at the club is over.

“I hope that Diss Town can keep this tradition going, even when I’m not at the club,” he added.

“It’s a great way of giving something back to the community.”



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