Newcastle’s Sporting Chance serving up food parcels
March 20, 2020 | by Matt Halfpenny
Sporting Chance North East CIC – which runs the England Boxing-affiliated club Sporting Chance ABC – has turned its community café into a base for distributing food parcels to the most vulnerable people in its community during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Based at the Cowgate Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the venue frequently takes in young people who have suffered problems in mainstream schooling to offer them alternative education provision alongside the opportunity to box.
Vulnerable children will still be cared for during the outbreak, but any extra capacity will be used to help service those in their area who need it most.
Sporting Chance already work alongside food distribution charities Fareshare and Neighbourly, handing out surplus stock from supermarkets.
It means they know which areas of the community to target – but are also appealing to anyone who maybe struggling at this difficult time to get in touch.
“While our boxing and café has shut down, we have the facilities to be able to cook food on site and a minibus to be able to get it out there to those in need,” said Sporting Chance’s director Jamie Cairns.
“We would usually serve food on site at minimal cost and we don’t want that food to go to waste, so that’s why we’re taking this out to the community instead.
“This really is absolutely vital if you look at those who are vulnerable. This is not just the elderly and those who need to self-isolate for health reasons, but also for low income families who have been severely affected.
“There are people who have been on zero hours contracts who are losing their jobs, so it’s a really testing time for them and good that we can help out in some small way.
“If people elsewhere have the capacity, then I would urge them to do the same. It is our way of doing National Service.”
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