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Manchester United and Man City make £100,000 donation to food banks

Premier League clubs Manchester United and Manchester City have come together to donate £100,000 to help food banks in the greater Manchester area.

The rivals have joined forces to help meet increased demand from vulnerable people as a result of coronavirus.

City and United fans' groups usually collect supplies outside their home grounds before games, but this has been interrupted by the suspension of football.

“We are proud of the role our supporters play in helping local food banks and recognise the increased strain likely to be placed on these charities by the impact of coronavirus," they announced in a joint statement.

"We are pleased to come together with our fans to help vulnerable members of society in a City United.”

The money has been made available to the Trussell Trust, who have 19 food banks in Manchester and over 1,000 across the United Kingdom.

“We are truly grateful for the support Manchester United and Manchester City are showing local food banks," operations manager Rachel Macklin said of the gesture.

"On behalf of food banks in our network in Manchester we thank you so much.

“As the coronavirus pandemic develops, more people than ever may need help from food banks across our network.

"This situation presents a huge additional pressure on already overstretched resources.

"We may start to see a reduction in food donations and volunteers may become unavailable if they are in the at-risk categories or are self-isolating".

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