Championship footballers Sam Field and Charlie Kelman from QPR have visited Acton food charity City Harvest London as part of QPR’s festive visits to the community.
City Harvest, which has had a partnership with QPR since 2017, rescues food from going to waste and delivers it for free to charities needing it to help local people. On average over it prevents over 120 tonnes of perfectly good food from being wasted, and deliver it for free to over 375 charities across London.
Field and Kelman – along with QPR in the Community Trust CEO Andy Evans saw for themselves the work City Harvest does.
Mr Evans said: “Food poverty is such an issue in our local community. So to see the incredible work that City Harvest do to ensure those that are hungry have access to food was a reminder for all of us to keep helping where we can.
“City Harvest shift a huge amount of donated food on a daily basis – for Sam and Charlie to see that operation up close, and actually visit one of the redistribution centres in Acton that benefit from the donations, provided a snapshot of the challenges that some families are facing.
“Thank you to City Harvest for hosting us and allowing the players to be part of their team. It is truly amazing what they do to support the local community.”
During 2023 QPR have also been supporting City Harvest’s EQUALS campaign, with its players wearing EQUALS t-shirts in March for their warm-up versus Norwich City.
Sarah Calcutt, City Harvest CEO said: “We loved launching the EQUALS campaign at Loftus Road this year. Our community is the beating heart of what we do.”
Ms Calcutt added: “Together, we address food waste and food poverty, and no matter if it’s £1 or one hour of your time donated – it makes a massive impact on the one in four people who can’t afford to feed their families right now.”