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Crystal Palace to create 5,000 meals for locals in need

English Premier League side Crystal Palace FC have announced the reopening of ‘The Palace Kitchen’, which will provide healthy food for thousands of local people in need.

The project, which was formed this year to support those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, will continue with its efforts in the run up to the Christmas period.

The club has vowed to produce around 350 meals a day, for four days a week during December and create over 5,000 meals before Christmas.

The meals will be provided to those most in need of support, including those who are in emergency housing, the elderly, families and those without a home. Palace have disclosed that they will be identified with the help of Croydon Council.

The Palace Kitchen was formed as a partnership between the club, the Palace for Life Foundation and City Harvest London. The South London club will cover the costs of purchasing the ingredients and the staff costs of preparing the meals. The meals will then be distributed by City Harvest and Croydon Voluntary Action, with City Harvest covering the costs of the distribution.

“As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and in the run up to Christmas, we are committed to making life a little easier for as many people as possible,” said club chairman Steve Parish.

“This is a cause close to our hearts, having previously partnered with our local food bank as well as homeless charity Crisis in recent years. With more than 16,500 Palace Kitchen meals delivered during the first lockdown we are aiming to deliver meals to as many people as we can between now and the new year.

“It is a project that the whole club is getting behind – from the shareholders, to the players, staff, commercial partners – and I’m sure our supporters will also be keen to contribute, as they always do for such good causes, which will enable us to help more people in need, for longer.”

Last year, Crystal Palace turned a part of its home stadium, Selhurst Park, into a temporary accommodation for up to ten homeless people when temperatures in the UK dropped below freezing.

Author: Jake Wilkin