SAFC's Grant Leadbitter and Lynden Gooch call on fans to support Sunderland Food Bank after club saw two tonnes of food donated last year

Sunderland AFC players have visited Sunderland Food Bank to see first hand how the operation helps those struggling in the city.

Friday, 13th September 2019, 3:31 pm

SAFC captain Grant Leadbitter and midfielder Lynden Gooch were among those from the club who took the time to visit the food bank on Coronation Street where they learned how volunteers distributed food to those in need.

Launched in 2017, the link-up has seen the club urge fans to donate food items at a number of home matches, with collection points based both at the Stadium of Light and near to St Peter’s Metro Station.

Sunderland AFC players visit Sunderland Foodbank. From left Sunderland AFC Grant Leadbitter, Foodbank's Tommy Mellefont, Sunderland AFC Under-23's Jordan Hunter, Foodbank's Jo Gordon, Sunderland AFC Under 23's Jack Connolly, Foodbank's Stuart Hudson and Sunderland AFC Lynden Gooch

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Last season, the initiative set up the Red and White Army, and saw supporters donate an impressive two tonnes of food to help those in need.

Backing the partnership, Grant Leadbitter said: "This is the first time I have visited Sunderland Food Bank since I came back in January.

"It is a great thing to do and its great for the players to realise that there are some tough circumstances that people are going through.

Sunderland AFC players Lynden Gooch and Grant Leadbitter help with the donation at Sunderland Foodbank.

"It's part of life and as a club we have to help people when we can. We have come along today to show our support and give something back.

"As captain I want to try and bring everyone together and doing things like this helps."

Under-23 players Jack Connolly and Jordan Hunter also went along to the visit where they were given a tour by Tommy Mellefont, from Sunderland Food Bank, before going to the food bank centre at Bethany City Church to see the food being handed out to those in need.

Lynden Gooch said: “Sunderland has been massive part of my life.

Sunderland AFC players Lynden Gooch and Grant Leadbitter take a tour with Sunderland Foodbank's Tommy Mellefont.

“Nearly eight years I’ve been here for now, so this is ultimately my community, so its good to give back and be a part of this.”

Sunderland AFC players Lynden Gooch and Grant Leadbitter with Under-23's Jack Connolly and Jordan Hunter, with Sunderland Foodbank's Tommy Mellefont.
Sunderland AFC players Lynden Gooch and Grant Leadbitter with Under-23's Jack Connolly and Jordan Hunter, who are taking a tour with Sunderland Foodbank's Tommy Mellefont.