Thanks for your donations to the Eat or Heat food bank – we’re collecting again this weekend

There has been a brilliant response to Clapton Community FC’s first two food bank collections so we’re doing it again this weekend.

CCFC members, fans, visitors and even players chipped in at the Hutton FC game, our first competitive home match, to fill several crates for Walthamstow-based Eat or Heat.

We collected again at the Friday night friendly away at neighbours Walthamstow FC, and on Saturday against Hereford Palace we’ll do the same.

Eat or Heat are a brilliant community charity and we were happy to give a boost to their stocks as we start our temporary life in E17.

    We spoke to Eat or Heat founder and chair Gary Nash after dropping off a donation.

    Some of the volunteers at the Eat or Heat base with the CCFC fans’ donations

    He told us: “Eat or Heat was created in November 2011 as a response to the amount of families approaching my children’s centre team, stating they could feed the children or pay the bills, but not both.

    “We started to hand out a few items of food here and there and then realised the problem was much greater than we imagined.

    “We became a registered charity in October 2013. Since the beginning we have seen referrals rise and never fall.

    “The charity is run by amazing, dedicated volunteers, no one is paid a wage for any of the work they do.

    Donations from the Walthamstow FC friendly

    “You can be sure that anything you donate, whether it’s food or money will be used in your community.

    “The main food items we always need are canned meat (stew, curry, chilli con carne, ham, corned beef etc) and canned veg (peas, carrots, potatoes, sweetcorn etc).

    “This year we will be launching a bag for the homeless/rough sleepers in the area and are encouraging people to knit for us.

    “Christmas is also approaching fast and we will be asking again for “seasonal” donations so we can make our client’s Christmas a little bit better.”

    The next collection takes place at our home game versus Hereford Palace on Saturday November 3. Here is a list of the items they particularly need…

    We aim to continue food bank collections during the season but would welcome more CCFC members to join the Community Outreach working group to help out. If you can help out, email

    You can drop off donations to Eat or Heat at any time at these places across E17:

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