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Morton helps The Pantry with their Christmas hampers

21 December 2022

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First team player Callum Morton made his way down to The Pantry, Fleetwood’s only food bank, on Tuesday afternoon and helped the volunteers pack up their Christmas food hampers for those in need.

Both Fleetwood Town and The Pantry have been aligned so far this season as the club has been to their site many times, whether that be with first team players, our Community Trust staff, or the Chairman popping down to help deliver parcels to whoever may need them in the local area.

Back in September, the Club hosted a charity event at Highbury called Pantry Day, which was made possible by working alongside Faith in the Community. With Community Trust staff also present, the players saw first-hand what the charity does and even got involved by packaging up some food parcels for the people who needed them.

Faith in the Community, who were formed from a collection of churches - both Catholic and Anglican - and runs The Pantry, currently feeds more than 200 families per week, including almost 300 children just in Fleetwood. With the current economic climate, more keep coming through the doors of the food bank, with 49 new clients just last month.

Callum got involved straight away after arriving at the charity as he helped the volunteers package food parcels for those who arrived at the doors of The Pantry, something which the manager, Phill Clarke, thought was fantastic to see.

He said: "It's great to continue the relationship between Fleetwood Town and The Pantry with yet another visit to our site this week. Not only have we seen the players here again, but we also had the Chairman, Andy Pilley, here a few days ago which meant the world to everyone here.

"It was a special moment in that visit when Andy greeted someone on site, who was working as a volunteer, personally and knew their name and asked how they were. It just shows the affiliation between the two groups and how tight of a community we are in the town of Fleetwood."

Fans are able to help out the charity, which is based on North Albert Street (FY7 6AR) by taking non-perishable donations of the following items: tinned meat and fish, tinned fruit and vegetables, packs of rice and pasta, tinned beans, tinned packet soup, breakfast cereals, tea and coffee and long-life UHT milk and juice. This will help them immensely in their aim to aid the local community.

If you’d like to know more about the only Food Bank in Fleetwood and Faith in the Community, you can head over to their website here. Contact Phill Clarke from Faith in the Community via email if you want further information, phillclarke@live.co.uk.


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