Manchester United have announced that the first of an initial 60,000 meals are set to be dispatched to NHS staff on Friday from Old Trafford in a joint initiative between United, Manchester United Foundation, Mealforce and Bidfood.
NHS staff based at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust will benefit from the service.
Over 80 permanent and casual staff have volunteered to prepare the food in Old Trafford’s kitchens whilst following social distancing measures. All staff and facility costs are being covered by Manchester United, with other costs being underwritten by Manchester United Foundation.
Peter Blythin, Executive Director of Workforce and Corporate Business at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust said: “Thank you to Manchester United, Bidfood and Mealforce for this very generous offer for our hardworking NHS staff. These meals will be a great boost to our teams at Oxford Road Campus in Manchester city centre, Trafford General Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital as we all work hard together in our response to COVID-19.”
John Shiels, Chief Executive of Manchester United Foundation said: “While many of our regular programmes have been disrupted by the pandemic, Manchester United Foundation is doing everything possible to continue helping the communities that we serve during this period of elevated need. Delivering meals to local hospitals is a wonderful initiative that unites the Old Trafford workforce in its support of the NHS; I thank everyone for their commitment to this inspiring scheme.”
The move comes after Manchester United and Manchester City joined forces to donate £100,000 worth of food to aid food banks in Greater Manchester in March.