As a club that always has the local community right at the centre of our thoughts, Rotherham United were proud to support the Maltby Foodbank with the donation of the meals which had been provided for our first team for the postponed trip to Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
After the fixture was postponed due to a number of international call-ups for both sides, Performance and Medicine Manager Ross Burbeary made contact with the club’s Community Sports Trust to divert the delivery of the meals to ensure that they could be put towards a worthy cause in the local area.
Having contacted a number of charities and homeless shelters within the town, it was the Maltby Foodbank, run by St Mary Magdalene Church, who received the donation, with Millers Head of Community Jamie Noble on hand to make the delivery.
The food bank helps many families in Maltby and have seen an increase in the number of families needing support following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Millers made a similar donation following the postponement of their trip to take on Brentford last season and Head of Community Jamie Noble was pleased that the meals were used to ensure those who needed them were cared for in the local area.
“Once we’d received the phone call from Ross Burbeary, we were delighted to ensure that the meals found a good home, with one of the many worthwhile causes in our local community,” he told www.themillers.co.uk.
“We reached out to a number of charities in the area and it was our friends from Maltby who replied saying they could put the meals to good use at such short notice, and we were more than happy to facilitate the delivery.
“I have to say a big thank you to Ross and the rest of the team for making this possible and I think it goes a long way to showing just how invested we are as a football in caring for those in our town that need our help the most.
“The meals consumed by our players on a matchday are of course rich with nutritional value and the guys at the foodbank were incredibly grateful for the donations, as we were.”