Premier League leaders Liverpool are helping feed vulnerable and elderly people within the community during the novel coronavirus outbreak with the help of local church members.
A volunteer group from Christ Church in Anfield – which is located opposite the club’s Kop stand – runs a foodbank and cooks meals for people on a Thursday as part of a service called “Scouse in the House.”
Ingredients for the free two-course meal are provided by the European champions.
It includes ‘scouse’ – a lamb or beef stew commonly eaten by sailors throughout northern Europe and popular in ports like Liverpool.
Food is usually consumed in the church hall but because of the lockdown in Britain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers have begun a takeaway service outside the stadium.
Liverpool’s league rivals Chelsea are also helping vulnerable groups, with the London club announcing that they would begin providing 78,000 meals to the National Health Service (NHS) and charities that support the elderly.
Reported cases of the coronavirus crossed 2.07 million globally and more than 138,400 people have died, according to a Reuters tally as of 1400 GMT on Thursday.
English soccer warned of $1 billion pandemic losses
Meanwhile, English soccer faced warnings that losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic could exceed $1 billion and clubs could go out of business.
The financial alarm was sounded by the heads of the English Football Association and Premier League as well-paid players in the top flight resist calls to cut their salaries because they believe the move would only benefit wealthy owners.
The league was paused more than three weeks ago with Liverpool leading by 25 points with nine game games remaining and is indefinitely suspended.
Premier League itself faces losses of at least 1 billion pounds ($1.2 billion) if the season cannot be completed. But Knight, a member of the House of Commons in the ruling Conservative Party, said Masters was “defending the indefensible” in justifying Premier League clubs “resorting to taking money from the government scheme.”