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Livi FC hoping fans will dig deep to help struggling families

Livingston FC are hosting a food and essentials collection in aid of West Lothian Foodbank ahead of Sunday’s match against Rangers.

The club, with support from their charity partner West Lothian Community Foundation, are inviting supporters from both teams attending the match to bring along a donation if they can.

The donation point will be located outside the main stand, just to the left of the Stadium Bar.

Livingston FC would also like to thank the club’s official waster service partner, Biffa, for providing a new collection bin to gather and store the donations.

While every donation is hugely welcomed, West Lothian Foodbank have provided a list of some of the more urgent items.

They are: tinned vegetables, egg noodles, biscuits, cup-a-soup, milk (UHT), tinned fruit, tinned potatoes, custard/rice pudding, tinned dog food, and sanitary products.

West Lothian Community Foundation will also be accepting donations next week at all of their groups and sessions or you can also donate Monday-Thursday between 6-9pm or Friday 3-6pm.

Livingston FC’s business development manager, Dave Black, said: “In all honesty, it angers and upsets me that in this day and age we have so many people in both the country and West Lothian itself, who are reliant on food banks but it’s a real and sad reality.

“Food banks are an unfortunate aspect of our society but we are delighted to be involved and support the work that the Foodbank does in the community for those most in need, particularly over the festive period.

“Given all that’s happened in the world over the past two years, this is needed more than ever, and we are very grateful to everyone who might be in a position to help us.

“Please don’t feel that you have to donate lots and lots – every single can, tin or packet that you donate will be making a huge difference to someone in real need to support.”

He added: “Hopefully this rally can help the Foodbank to replenish their stock on some of the more sought after products and provide them with a number of key items and essentials that they’ve currently run out of.

“Our fans have always been very quick to support all of the various charity efforts we’ve put forward over the years and again, we know their generosity on this occasion will offer a huge help to those most in need this Christmas.

“Whilst we know they will have their own local fundraisers and efforts to support too, we welcome the visiting Rangers supporters to join us if they are able to do so too.

“A big thank you to Andy Todd from West Lothian Community Foundation and Barry Neill from Biffa for their support with this too – it’s hugely appreciated.”

If you can’t make the game but would still like to help the food bank, please visit www.westlothian.foodbank.org.uk for details on money donations or how to volunteer your time if you’re able to do so.

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