Samosa Saturday is back for the tenth time, and on this occasion in support of Wolves Foundation’s Feed Our Pack campaign aimed at reducing the effects of food poverty across the city.
Samosa Saturday is the brainchild of Wolves fan and Foundation volunteer Manny Singh Kang whom, working with family, friends and other Wolves supporters, has co-ordinated regular fundraising initiatives for a variety of different charities.
And this Saturday, a host of volunteer drivers will be back on the road making socially-distanced deliveries to benefit Feed Our Pack which was launched by the Foundation back in January.
“We are onto our tenth episode of Samosa Saturday, and for the first time we are supporting Feed Our Pack,” Manny explained.
“I am already a volunteer for the Foundation and supplied samosas at the first Molineux Sleepout for the fans taking part.
“My family have helped the homeless for many years and also people who struggling sourcing our most compulsory necessity – food.
“The situation is horrific with many families facing hardship for the first time, especially due to this pandemic, so we want to do our bit.
“Nuno led the way with his donation to help launch Feed Our Pack, and it is an honour to be a fan and try and pick up the baton to play our part to help too.”
The first Samosa Saturday took place with a stall set up near Molineux ahead of the home fixture with Tottenham back in November, 2018.
Already a volunteer ambassador for the Dementia UK charity for whom he had taken part in challenge events such as running and cycling, Manny and his family had been searching for an idea to include the Wolves fanbase.
“The idea came at a family dinner, where we had been discussing doing some form of bucket collection for the charity but knew we would feel awkward just asking for money,” Manny adds.
“My Mom suggested we gave the fans something to eat in return for a donation – so along came the samosa - we call it the humble little triangle!”
Many fans supported the initiative, including Stuart Owen providing a marquee, and Pete Davies some lighting, and the idea took hold, with four successful Samosa Saturdays taking place prior to Wolves home games.
Then the pandemic arrived, and circumstances changed, and with the fundraiser since operating as a delivery service, demand has soared.
“We cook a lot of the samosas ourselves at home in a marquee in the garden, but due to the huge quantities we have to use friends around the town who all help and do their bit,” says Manny.
“Saturday’s event will involve a record 145 deliveries with 1,500 samosas reaching Wolves fans from Stafford to Worcester, Lichfield to Shrewsbury and all across the Black Country as well.
“We have 12 drivers, all Wolves fans who have volunteered their time and vehicles to help take the samosas to the fans.
“Already over £5,000 has been raised from the Feed Our Pack page set up for the event, and even though we have sold out of delivery slots fans have continued to donate and play their art for such a necessary cause which is fantastic.
“Wolves are fortunate to have so many wonderful people doing amazing things to support so many different charities.”
*To make a donation to the tenth Samosa Saturday please click here. Many thanks to Manny and family, and everyone contributing to the event.
Wolves Foundation want to thank Manny, and all other fundraisers just like him for their continued support. It is essential for us to fundraise for Feed Our Pack to ensure we can help as many local children and foodbanks as we can.
For every £20 raised, we can provide 10 meals for a vulnerable person, whether that be via a food donation to a food bank or a food parcel.
Together, let’s tackle food poverty!