£5,000 donated to local food service with Steven Gerrard Foundation

Mon 30th March 2020

The Steven Gerrard Foundation has donated £5,000 to a local collaborative food service in Govan via the Rangers Charity Foundation, to help support the community around Ibrox during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We at the Rangers Charity Foundation were delighted to facilitate the donation, which will be transferred to the Govan Youth Information Project (GYIP) – an organisation which we have previously supported by collaborating on their summer holiday programmes for local young people and by working together to provide weekly activity sessions at the Ibrox Community Complex. 

In response to COVID-19, GYIP has teamed up with several local partners to deliver a food initiative to try and ensure that young people and the wider community will have daily access to food across Govan.

The Steven Gerrard Foundation’s donation will fund the service for three weeks, ensuring that they can continue to hand out food packages every day to those who need it most.

The initiative is actively looking to keep going for 13 weeks, and is still seeking a further £8,000 to facilitate this.

Commenting on the donation, Kevin Burke from GYIP said: “Our Spring Holiday Programme, which caters for 120 young people per session twice a day, provides activities, trips, food and education through fun had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Recognising the need to provide food for those young people most in need while not at school, we quickly partnered up with local agencies to offer a food provision.

“With the fantastic donation from The Steven Gerrard Foundation and The Glasgow Children’s Holiday Food Programme Grant, we aim to provide food for young people and the wider community through a co-ordinated partnership approach.

“I’d like to express my sincere thanks for this support.”

Steven Gerrard said: “So pleased we are able to give our support from the foundation at this time. Food banks and food services offer a lifeline to so many, so if we can all do our bit to help where we can it will make a big difference. Stay safe and stay home everyone!”

Rangers Charity Foundation Director, Connal Cochrane, added; “We’re delighted to be able to link up with The Steven Gerrard Foundation by helping to identify a local cause in Glasgow which will benefit from this most welcome donation.

“We pride ourselves on being a good neighbour and have worked closely with GYIP in the past to develop and deliver impactful opportunities for young people during the school holidays. Earlier this season, we also supported our local foodbank with a significant donation, enabling them to be there for individuals and families who need support most.

“On behalf of the whole Rangers Family, I would like to thank The Steven Gerrard Foundation for its generosity during these difficult times.” 

Do you know someone who might benefit from the Daily Food Service?  The GYIP minibus and The Salvation Army food van will be stationed across Govan at five venues for 2 hours each day from 11-1pm offering a selection of hot and cold food.

This service will be free of charge, but young people and tenants are asked to be respectful and to only ask for what they need.

Monday: Howat St, Govan 11am – 1pm

Tuesday: Burndyke Square, Govan C 11am – 1pm

Wednesday: Govan Cross, Govan 11am – 1pm

Thursday: Elizabeth St, Ibrox 11am -1pm

Friday: Shaw Street, Govan 11am – 1pm


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