ROSS McCRORIE has urged fans to get behind the Rangers Charity Foundation’s Food Bank collection, which will be held at Ibrox prior to kick-off at today’s game against Ross County.

The Foundation is supporting local food banks by asking staff and fans to bring some non-perishable food items along to a collection point staffed by volunteers which will be situated outside the Megastore in the lead up to kick-off.

The Foundation has supported the main Food Bank Centre at Ibrox Parish Church regularly over a number of years which stocks other Food Banks in the local area.  Help is once again urgently required in the lead up to Christmas to top up supplies which are running very low.

The Food Bank welcomes all kinds of non-perishable food items but would be particularly pleased to receive donations of UHT milk, tinned meat, fish and vegetables, toiletries and selection boxes.  A full list of suggested items can be found on the Foundation’s website at www.rangerscharity.org.uk.

Ross McCrorie commented: “The fans have been very generous in the past at the Foundation’s Food Bank collections and I am sure they will be again this year.  No-one should be going hungry at Christmas and I know the food banks local to Ibrox are desperate for more groceries to cope with this busy time of year.”

Claire McCunnie from the Ibrox Parish Church centre commented: “Our referrals are up 54% from the same time last year and we expect it to get even busier over Christmas.

“With the weather getting worse, people will be having to make the decision to ‘heat or eat’, and if they heat their homes many will have to come to the food bank for emergency food parcels.

“Rangers supporters have been so generous in the past and we are so grateful for anything fans can bring along to help make someone’s Christmas a little better.”

Connal Cochrane, Director of the Rangers Charity Foundation added: “We were overwhelmed last season by the amount of food donated at our matchday collection and hope our fans will once again show their generous spirit and bring along a few groceries that can help replenish the Food Bank’s empty shelves.  The Foundation will also be contributing a cash donation to the Food Bank to help staff buy items they particularly need to create the 3 day emergency food boxes they issue to people in need.”

Supporters who would like to help but are not attending the game can hand in donations to the Foundation’s offices at Argyle House, Ibrox Stadium during office hours until 5pm on Friday, 8 December.

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