The Premier League has suspended matches for the time being due to the outbreak of COVID-19, and as such there is no football. One of the aspects of no matches happening that may have slipped under the radar, though, is that the foodbank network - Fans Supporting Foodbanks - that receives donations on match day would miss out on that great source to help stock the various banks that serve the needy.
Thankfully, people are stepping up to help bridge the gap and ensure that the most vulnerable on Merseyside do not have to go through this rough period alone. Today, the club announced on their official site that through the Good Neighbor program and the LFC Foundation, Liverpool have made a donation to Fans Supporting Foodbanks in the amount of £40,000. This is a great gesture but, of course, only goes a small step of the way to ensuring that no one goes hungry, especially during this time.
This circumstance highlights the many ways in which small disruptions can cause even the smallest of benefit that exists for the unhoused and/or working poor to evaporate. In America, we have learned that as things begin shutting down, funding to various non-profits might slow or stop entirely, causing shortfalls in services to the most vulnerable among us.
The hope is that we might use this moment to finally recognize that the market economy - especially in America - is not organized in such a way to truly serve the needs of our most vulnerable. The hope is that we might finally work to build a system that serves all of the community; especially those most easily swept away.