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15 May 2020

Wolverhampton Racecourse and Reuben Foundation tie-up aids community effort

Wolverhampton Racecourse, the Reuben Foundation and The City of Wolverhampton Council today announced a new scheme to support the local community with the purchase and distribution of over a thousand emergency supply boxes, each containing a range of store cupboard and bathroom essentials.

Councillor Ian Brookfield, Leader of The City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “We are incredibly proud of our efforts to ensure our most vulnerable residents have had the security of regular supplies during this crisis and this incredibly generous award from Wolverhampton Racecourse and the Reuben Foundation will help to ensure even more people benefit.

“The council could not have achieved what we achieved without the support of local partners working together as one city to support us. Turning a leisure centre into a big food distribution hub to feed thousands of people in just a few days was no mean feat and our city has stepped up to the plate like never before.” 

The City of Wolverhampton Council will undertake the distribution of these boxes, as part of its established emergency food and provision delivery procedures, which has seen more than 15,000 food parcels delivered across the city since the coronavirus lockdown.

The boxes donated from the Racecourse contain a range of store cupboard and bathroom essentials including tea, coffee, UHT milk, pasta sauce, canned fruit, canned veg, fresh baked bread, cereal, biscuits , and toilet rolls, all designed to help support the local community at this difficult time.

Executive Director of Wolverhampton Racecourse, David Roberts, said: “Whilst racing at Wolverhampton has been suspended, we have been pleased to work with The City of Wolverhampton Council and our suppliers, Brakes, with the significant financial support of the Reuben Foundation, to put together these emergency supply boxes which we hope will benefit a large number of people across our community.”

A spokesman for the Reuben Foundation added: “The Reuben Foundation are pleased to support the local community at this time of crisis. This continues our involvement in a number of charitable projects where we have been providing support to families and individuals who are impacted by the pandemic and also in purchasing protective equipment and food for front-line NHS staff and others.”

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