80000 Christmas meals provided by Manchester United

Joining forces with Manchester United to provide 80,000 meals this Christmas

We’ve teamed up with Manchester United Foundation and Manchester United FC. These efforts will provide 33 tonnes of food for their Santa’s Red Helpers Christmas appeal.

In the spirit of the holiday season, we are thrilled to announce our partnership with Manchester United Foundation and Manchester United FC. We are partnering to support the Santa’s Red Helpers Christmas appeal. With our combined efforts, we aim to provide 33 tonnes of food to families in need in the Greater Manchester community.

Encouraging fans to donate

The Santa’s Red Helpers campaign encourages Manchester United fans to contribute food parcels and Christmas presents, as families may otherwise go without this Christmas. In an incredible show of support, Manchester United players have generously donated £250,000 to the cause.

Transforming food to meals

Through our partnership with FareShare GM, the food donations will be transformed into 80000 Christmas meals by the club chefs. These meals will be delivered to children and families from partner schools of the Manchester United Foundation, food banks and other charities across the region, just in time for Christmas.

Following the success of our previous collaboration with Manchester United Foundation, where we provided 5,000 free school meals during the October half-term break, we are excited to continue our partnership to make an even greater impact in the community.

Special visit by Denis Irwin

Manchester United ambassador Denis Irwin recently visited FareShare GM in early December. There, he learned more about our organisation and the impact that these donations will have on the community. During his visit, Denis toured the depot, met with operational staff and delivery drivers. This included those on their way to deliver food to Old Trafford for the Santa’s Red Helpers appeal.

It’s an inspirational and incredible operation, one that is managed so well by FareShare GM – full credit to them. The amount of families and children in need, people who need the most basic things, like food – it’s an eye opener. Manchester United is a huge football club. But we are committed to working in the community and the Foundation does a tremendous job. It’s a great effort on behalf of Manchester United and FareShare GM that we’ve partnered up so we can deliver these 80,000 parcels to partner schools and charities around Christmas. It can be a tough time for many people and unfortunately it’s only going to get tougher for some.


Denis Irwin, Manchester United ambassador

Busiest week

Denis’s visit came during our busiest week of the year. At this time, we prepared to provide 70 tonnes of food. It was to be distributed to over 250 frontline charities and community groups across Greater Manchester.

It’s really important that we’re working with the Foundation because of the relationships they have with local schools. When the meals reach the families and the boxes are opened with all the extra goodies those families and those kids will feel like somebody out there really cares about them and wants them to have a great Christmas despite everything that has happened this year.


Miranda Kaunang, Head of Development at FareShare GM

Join the cause

We encourage everyone to visit: The MU Foundation to learn more about the campaign. You can also learn how to generally help make a difference to those in need at Christmas. One way was becoming one of Santa’s Red Helpers. Together, we can create a brighter and more hopeful future for those who need it most.


food waste

270,000 tonnes of perfectly edible food gets wasted by the food industry each year.

That’s enough for nearly 650,000,000 meals