If you’re heading to the King Power stadium this weekend you might want to pack some spare underwear – or maybe some baked beans.
Because a Leicester City Football Club supporters group is setting up a foodbank outside the stadium ahead of this weekend’s premier League clash with Southampton.
The group responsible for the collection point, a supporters’ group set up in 2013 called Union FS, saw huge success with a similar scheme last year collecting all kinds of useful items as well as food for the homeless.
Donations will be collected on behalf of The Bridge, a homelessness charity which supports those in need around Leicester and Leicestershire.
Jack Munton, 24, a member of the group, said: “We decided to set up a foodbank purely down to the increasing numbers of those in our communities who rely on this type of support on a regular basis.
“As a fan base we have an established community who can make a real difference to the charities we have supported.
“This year we are working with The Bridge who are a homeless charity providing ongoing support to those in need within the Leicestershire area.
“Currently they are able to provide over 300 meals per week, all on a voluntary basis.”
The group are asking people for donations of items such as baked beans, sliced white bread, margarine, sugar, coffee, hot chocolate, cereal, soup, deodorant, shower gel, boxer shorts, woman’s pants, rucksacks, walking boots, winter hats, hats and gloves, and socks.
“Last season was the first year we’ve ran a foodbank at the stadium and it’s safe to say we underestimated how successful it would be, to the point we actually ran out of room in our vehicles,” said Mr Munton.
Union FS is a supporters group that describe themselves as ‘committed to improving the atmosphere of the atmosphere home and away.
“E2, the charity we supported last year, were massively overwhelmed with the amount for food we dropped off at their centre.
“We’re hopeful we can surpass last year’s success at the weekend.”
Dave Fawcett, executive operations manager at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope, said: “We’re indebted to Union FS for organising this fundraising exercise and really hope that the Leicester City fans show their generosity through donations that will go towards feeding, supporting and clothing the homeless community in the city.”
The donation point will be outside the SK1 section of the stadium between 2pm and 2.45pm this Saturday.