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Fans' Generosity Overwhelming

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Everton were overwhelmed by the generosity of Blues fans after appealing for food and household items before Saturday's home win against West Ham.

Fans, Club staff and local businesses donated a huge amount of perishable and non-perishable items which were distributed at the People's Picnic held after the match in the People's Club lounge.

Items will also be used to replenish food bank supplies in the local area.

Launched last season by the Club, the People's Picnic assists local families who have fallen on hard times and helps some of the city's most deserving groups, including participants from a number of Everton in the Community programmes, as well as a number of local charities.

Those in attendance at the Club's fourth People's Picnic enjoyed a free hot meal, a game of bingo, a quiz and musical entertainment and also received a selection of food and toiletry items to take home with them.

Everton in the Community's Sport Development manager Jackie Twort hailed Saturday's People's Picnic as the greatest to date but promised to try and make the next event even better.

She said: "There are so, so many people to thank for making this and every other People's Picnic such a success. The amount of support, the donations, and people offering their time to help out has been unreal. I can't thank everyone enough.

"This has become so much bigger than one simple event. Poverty won't cease to exist just because we have staged a really good event, we now have to carry on the good work and try and make the next People's Picnic even bigger and better."

It is believed that around 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK, and in the last year alone food banks have fed 346,992 people nationwide and of those helped, 126,889 were children.

Plans are already in place for the next People's Picnic, for more information on this worthwhile initiative contact Jackie Twort via email at Jackie.Twort@evertonfc.com

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