Manchester United will dispatch 60,000 free meals to NHS workers across Manchester in their latest contribution to help combat coronavirus.
Over 80 permanent staff, casual staff and volunteers have been preparing the meals at Old Trafford which will be received by those on the frontline at Manchester University Foundation Trust (MFT) and Salford Royal who normally have to provide their own meals on shift.
The delivery will arrive on Friday after a huge effort from staff in what is another fantastic gesture from the club.
“A huge thank you to Manchester United, Bidfood and Mealforce for this fantastic donation; your generosity is very much appreciated,” Dr Pete Turkington, the chief officer and medical director at Salford Royal, said as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“We have been overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of support by the local community and businesses who have been so generous with their donations for our staff during these incredibly challenging times.”
United have been setting the example for what huge sporting institutions can do in the COVID-19 crisis.
The club were one of the first to refuse putting their staff on furlough and have instead encouraged staff to volunteer for the NHS on full pay.
United have also donated food and drink to local charities and provided important protective equipment to local hospitals.
Fans can be proud of the club’s efforts to help the cause in this unprecedented global pandemic that has put an indefinite suspension on football.