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12 March 2021

Clubs in the EFL have now delivered one million food parcels - as part of ongoing community work supporting those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A year to the day since football was forced to stop during the first national lockdown, the delivery of the one millionth food parcel supports the notion football never went away, with all 72 EFL clubs continuing to provide community outreach schemes over the past 12 months. 

Officials at Bradford City have played their part in delivering food to those most in need over the past 12 months, having provided over 3,000 free meals to vulnerable families since October 2020 through the club's Community Foundation. 

The initiative is part of the EFL’s community response work to help some of the most vulnerable people in communities up and down the country since the outbreak of COVID-19.

EFL players and staff are among those who have donated food and everyday essentials which have been packed and distributed to families facing food poverty or unable to leave their homes while shielding from Coronavirus.

With supporters absent from stadiums, vacant concourses have been used to store food donations while closed catering facilities re-opened to prepare hot meals and sandwiches to deliver to local disadvantaged people.

Over 36.6million people live within a 10-mile radius of an EFL club - a radius that encompasses one in four people falling in to the most deprived population.

EFL’s community work has never been more important, with already deprived communities now facing additional issues brought on by the pandemic.

EFL chair Rick Parry said: "One year ago this week, stadiums around the country shut down, signalling the start of an unprecedented year for the game - but off the pitch football has never gone away.

"Despite facing significant financial challenges in an uncertain economic landscape, all 72 EFL clubs and club community organisations stepped up to help frontline services without hesitation.

"I congratulate each and every one of them for the resilience and determination they have demonstrated by continuing to deliver vital community work - this has provided a lifeline for so many during the challenges of the last 12 months."

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