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Wednesday 13 May 2020
Food distribution lifts community spirits during coronavirus lockdown

The Irish FA Foundation is continuing to provide support to the community during the Covid-19 crisis.

Its latest outreach activity involved teaming up with community group Greater Village Regeneration Trust (GVRT) to distribute food parcels to vulnerable and isolated people living in the area surrounding the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

The Amalgamation of Official Northern Ireland Supporters’ Clubs (AONISC) also supported the distribution of food from the trust’s Fit For Life Centre just off Belfast’s Donegall Road.

Chris Wright, the foundation’s Community Relations Officer, explained: "GVRT are a long-standing partner of the Irish FA Foundation and a central figure to supporting both the physical and mental wellbeing of the community surrounding the National Football Stadium.

“Having liaised with the trust since the pandemic began, we have aimed to support their excellent community outreach programmes as much as possible. 

“From supporting their street bingo and other activities to yesterday’s food drop, we are pleased to assist in every way possible during this challenging time for all. 

“To see the appreciation within the community, along with the amazing good spirits being maintained, was great. It was a pleasure to assist alongside partners not only from GVRT but also Gary McAllister from AONISC.”

The Foundation presented GVRT with prizes to support the trust’s outreach activities in the community, which include raffles and street bingo.

Image: Representatives from the Irish FA Foundation, Greater Village Regeneration Trust and the Amalgamation of Official Northern Ireland Supporters’ Clubs team up to distribute food parcels to vulnerable and isolated people living in the area surrounding the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.