Wolves Foundation today launched Feed Our Pack, an initial £500,000 project that aims to help reduce the effects of food poverty and support residents of Wolverhampton who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The project, which will run for an initial three-years, has been made possible by a £250,000 grant from the Premier League PFA Community Fund and a generous personal donation of £250,000 from Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.
Feed Our Pack will be supporting selected foodbanks in the city, with the aim of increasing the volume of food being distributed to meet increased demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, along with combatting ‘holiday hunger’ by providing a programme of food, sport and education to local children during school holidays.
The project will require future financial support, with fundraising events planned when it is safe to do so, as well as opportunities for Wolves supporters to get involved with food donations and volunteering. Anyone wishing to donate to Feed Our Pack can click here to view the options.
“We have already worked closely with the club and owners Fosun, who have both been fantastic in supporting the local community during what is such a challenging time,” said Will Clowes, head of Wolves Foundation.
“The pandemic has affected Wolverhampton as it has so many other parts of the country, and as Wolves’ official charity we feel it is only right to launch one of the most ambitious and potentially impactful projects that we have ever taken on.
“We are extremely appreciative of the initial grant from the PLPFA fund, and then Nuno’s generosity in matching their investment, and will also be looking for fans and people from the city to support Feed Our Pack over the coming weeks and months.”
Nuno said: “Wolves fans and the people of Wolverhampton have been fantastic to me since I arrived here almost four years ago, and I wanted to give something back and help the people who are struggling during the pandemic.
“When you live in a city, you see and hear how people have been affected, but it is also a great city where people help and support each other and this is a really important project from Wolves Foundation.
“Together we are stronger, and I hope that our supporters will want to join in and make sure we look after those people in our community who need it most during these really difficult times.”
Wolves executive chairman Jeff Shi said: “I am impressed and very proud of Wolves Foundation for their commitment and dedication to helping the community during the pandemic, and in launching Feed Our Pack.
“It is also fantastic to see that Nuno has been moved to add his personal support and contribution to help give the project a really strong start.
“Moving forward, we now hope that many others will be encouraged to become involved and add their support however they can so that the Foundation are able to be there for the people in Wolverhampton who have been so badly affected over the last year.”
Nick Perchard, Head of Community with the Premier League, added: “The Feed Our Pack initiative is an excellent example of the support that Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Wolves Foundation can offer to its community when working in partnership with local organisations.
“Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo’s generous backing demonstrates the commitment from everyone at the club to continue their work to help end food poverty.
“We hope that the Premier League PFA Community Fund contribution to the programme will enable Wolves to reach those that need it most.”