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Festive Food Drive Confirmed

Derby County Community Trust will be renewing its support for the Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance in the run up to Christmas.

The partnership between the two charities was forged at the very beginning of the Covid pandemic, when Pride Park Stadium became a main drop off point for donations in the city.

Work has continued between the two organisations to support a number of residents in the city since 2020, with notable projects including Christmas Cheer and Easter collections being facilitated through Derby County.

This Christmas, supporters are encouraged to take part in Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance’s Reverse Advent Calendar campaign, where they ‘collect’ an item of tinned or dried food per day for 25 days. The result is a full food parcel, which will be distribute in the run up to Christmas.

Collections will take place at Pride Park Stadium on 1st and 2nd December, from 11am-2pm, and before the Rams’ fixture against Sheffield Wednesday on 3rd December, from 11am until kick-off. The donation hub will be situated in the new Community Corner at Pride Park Stadium, located in the stadium’s North West Corner.

Supporters are encouraged to begin the ‘advent calendar’ on Monday 7th November, to collect 25 items by Thursday 1st December. A full list of items to collect can be found here.

Advent Calendar


Full food parcels which are brought to the donation points at Pride Park Stadium will qualify for two complimentary tickets to the Forest Green Rovers fixture on 17th December, gifted by Derby County Football Club. Please note, these are limited and will be distributed on a first come first served basis.

Paul Brookhouse, Project Manager at Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance, said:

“As a country there is no clear strategy to support people and we are not prepared for this winter and what it will bring. We are part of a rising cost of living strategy group to help the city response.

“It is a tough season, and our main target at this point is to help people survive the winter. Our aim is to extend food support, provide community meals to keep people fed, stop them being isolated, supporting their mental health and keeping people warm, provide debt support and hopefully set up a crisis fund.”

Derby County Community Trust are supporting the Food 4 Thought Alliance to achieve the above aims, through fundraising to provide community meals from the new Community Corner each week throughout January, February and March.

Fans will be able to support the efforts through purchasing a space on the 1884 Wall when they go on sale in December.

The food donation hub will reopen at Pride Park from 17th November, on Thursdays from 11am-2pm, but complimentary tickets will only be available on 1st, 2nd and 3rd December drop off points, subject to availability.