On Sunday 28th November 2021, ahead of our home game here at the Tony Macaroni Arena against Rangers, Livingston FC, with support of our charity partner West Lothian Community Foundation, will host a food collection where we will be asking supporters of both sides for donations of food and essentials in aid of West Lothian Foodbank.
This will be the first physical food collection that has taken place at the stadium since December 2018. Since then, the most vulnerable in our community have faced extreme hardship and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this could very likely continue for the foreseeable future due to rising costs, including fuel, and the end of a number of vital support schemes.
We would therefore like to invite all supporters from both teams who are attending the tie here next Sunday to bring along a donation if they can. The donation point will be located outside our main stand, just to the left of the Stadium Bar entrance as you face the ground. We’ll have two volunteers from the WLCF who will be on hand to take your donation from you. We also offer a big thank you to our Biffa, out official waste service partner, who have provided a brand new collection bin for us to use on the day to gather and store the donations.
Whilst every, single donation made will be hugely welcomed, however little, the food bank have also provided us with a list of some of the more urgently required items. See below –
- Tinned Vegetables
- Egg Noodles
- Milk (UHT)
- Tinned Fruit
- Tinned Potatoes
- Custard/Rice Pudding
- Tinned Dog Food
- Sanitary Products
The West Lothian Community Foundation will also be accepting donations next week at all of their groups and sessions on the back training park. You can donate Monday-Thursday 6pm-9pm and Friday 3pm-6pm too.
If you can’t make the game but would still like to help the food bank, please visit their website here for details on money donations or how to volunteer your time if you’re able to do so.
Livingston FC Business Development Manager, Dave Black said: “In all honesty, it angers and upsets me that in this day and age we have so many people in both the country and West Lothian itself, who are reliant on food banks but it’s a real and sad reality.
“Food banks are an unfortunate aspect of our society but we are delighted to be involved and support the work that the Foodbank does in the community for those most in need, particularly over the festive period.
“Given all that’s happened in the world over the past two years, this is needed more than ever, and we are very grateful to everyone who might be in a position to help us. Please don’t feel that you have to donate lots and lots – every single can, tin or packet that you donate will be making a huge difference to someone in real need to support.
“Hopefully this rally can help the Foodbank to replenish their stock on some of the more sought after products and provide them with a number of key items and essentials that they’ve currently run out of.
“Our fans have always been very quick to support all of the various charity efforts we’ve put forward over the years and again, we know their generosity on this occasion will offer a huge help to those most in need this Christmas. Whilst we know they will have their own local fundraisers and efforts to support too, we welcome the visiting Rangers supporters to join us if they are able to do so too.
“A big thank you to Andy Todd from West Lothian Community Foundation and Barry Neill from Biffa for their support with this too – it’s hugely appreciated.”
Thank you in advance for your support!