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One Direction star links up with Christian charity to provide 360,000 meals through foodbanks

by Heather Preston

Liam Payne has teamed up with the Trussell Trust to provide 360,000 meals to people during the coronavirus crisis.

The former One Direction star is partnering with the charity to support over 100 local foodbanks across Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry, Sheffield, Nottingham and Bristol, which are providing vital support to struggling families during the pandemic.

The donation by the Midlands-born singer will enable the charity to launch a crisis fund for foodbanks that are expecting increased need over the next three months.

"It's not right that anyone in our country is unable to afford food. Foodbanks do incredible work to help the people most in need of support. It's vital that we get support to those people right now, as this crisis unfolds," Payne said.

"The Trussell Trust is working with food banks across the country to ensure emergency help is there for people who don't have money for the basics." 

Payne went on to commend the charity for not simply providing emergency food but being focused on "working towards a future where no one needs a food bank."

"When we're out the other side of this, we need to look at why there are people in our country who don't have enough money for food. I want to play my part in finding a solution to ensure people have enough money to buy their own food - and end the need for food banks," he added.

The Trussell Trust works with a network of more than 1,200 food bank centres across the UK to ensure people without the money to cover basic essentials are given the help they need.

Chief executive, Emma Revie thanks Payne for his "generous donation" and added: "We're working with food banks across the country to make big changes to the way they work, so we can get emergency food to people in the safest way possible. 

"This isn't easy. Our main priority is the safety of everyone at a food bank, and having support like this helps us ensure that emergency support can continue to be available in the safest possible way."
 

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