Premier League clubs have pledged to donate surplus food to charity and charity after the death of Her Majesty the Queen led to the postponement of this weekend’s games.
The games were to be held in 10 top-class stadiums over the next three days.
With rising inflation sending supermarket bills skyrocketing amid an ongoing cost-of-living crisis, there were concerns about the Premier League’s late rescheduling decision, which resulted in perishable food being wasted.
But the PA news agency understands that Fulham, Bournemouth, Liverpool, Southampton, Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester, West Ham and Crystal Palace, all of whom are due to play at home this weekend, will make donations, while Leeds’ charitable efforts have been confirmed .
Surplus catering supplies from Elland Road, where the West Yorkshire club were due to host Nottingham Forest on Monday night, have been passed through the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust.
A tweet from the Trust said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the club who have donated all excess food supplies to us as a result of the match cancellation.
“This will be distributed to Rethink Food at the White Rose Centre.”
Liverpool, who are preparing to play Wolves on Saturday, have already made a “massive” food donation to local organizations including two schools, fans supporting foodbanks, a homeless center and a youth hostel.
Manchester City are expected to distribute all short-shelf food to organizations around Manchester.
Meanwhile, the Premier League champions will pay casual workers who should be working this weekend, PA understands.
Staff are fully paid for the hours they work in either City’s Premier League game against Tottenham or the club’s Women’s Super League opener against Arsenal at the Academy Stadium.
Staff compensation decisions are left to individual clubs in the Premier League and English Football League.
Casual staff at a number of other top-flight clubs are expected to be paid to work on the rearranged fixtures.
Official bereavement guidelines released by the UK government on Friday said there was no obligation to cancel or reschedule sporting events.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league-fixtures-postponed-foodbank-donation-b2164284.html Premier League clubs donate food to local initiatives after games are postponed