Glasgow NE foodbank in reminder to Celtic fans for St Johnstone clash

By Euan Davidson

October 21, 2021

Celtic fans have been reminded to bring a donation to Paradise on Saturday by Glasgow NE Foodbank.

The foodbank, which operates in five locations across North East Glasgow, have had a successful partnership with Celtic for years now. With the reality of food poverty still present in 21st Century Britain, it’s been up to volunteers at foodbanks to ensure a significant number of families don’t go hungry.

To that end, the group are doing their first in-person collection at Celtic Park in quite a while. Before the game against St Johnstone, supporters are being reminded to leave donations outside Celtic Park.

With the pandemic and lockdown raging on through 2020, and no fans at Paradise in 20-21, collection efforts have been more difficult.

That’s not to say they haven’t been successful, though. A virtual food drive raised over £10k [Celtic FC] last year. A partnership borne from a Stiliyan Petrov charity match in 2013 [Celtic FC Foundation], Celtic fans have never shown reticence to donate in their thousands.

Celtic fans will no doubt make a difference to Glasgow NE Foodbank

It’s scandalous that foodbanks have to exist in 2021, but here we are. In Scotland alone, there are 70 independent foodbanks in operation. According to Sustain, at least 182,863 emergency parcels were distributed between February and July 2020.

Clearly, the economic impacts of Covid-19 continue. But you can bet that once again, Celtic supporters will do their bit in the lead-up to kick-off on Saturday.

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The away support showed their class in Motherwell last week [MFC], with both sets of fans contributing to a collection organised by the North Lanarkshire club.

With Christmas approaching, the bite on finances is going to affect families. So, it’s more important than ever that the basics are made available to as many people as possible.

It’s what the club was founded for, after all.

If you’re able, please remember to bring some items with you for the St Johnstone game. You can read exactly what Glasgow NE Foodbank needs here.

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