Bristol City Operations Manager Matt Parsons reveals food waste frustration as reason for away day food scheme and working with Salvation Army, St Basils and Action Homeless

Bristol City Operations Manager Matt Parsons has revealed that disappointment with excess food waste was the key reason for the team’s donation to foodbanks.

Speaking exclusively to Park Life Sport he said, “I came up with the idea after becoming frustrated with the amount of waste food that was left over from team meals at the hotels we were staying at for away games.” By using the communities and foundations set up by opposition teams to contact local charities, he helps to deliver hot food which is ready to eat.

Parsons also explained that all remaining hot food is taken to charity hostels nearby to the away accommodation, adding, “from boxing it up, delivering the food and getting back to the hotel only takes between 45 minutes to an hour and the people are always so grateful.”

Bristol City’s operations manager Matt Parsons delivering a box of food parcels as part of the clubs away day scheme

They have already donated to nine charities this season including the Salvation Army, St Basils and Action Homeless in Coventry, Birmingham, and London amongst others. Although City are currently on international break and food parcels aren’t being sent or delivered, the Championship side still have three remaining away games before Christmas, a period during winter which is vital for non-profit trusts to give support to the community.

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