Some good was able to come out of the postponement of Brentford's match against Manchester United. The Bees were to play United on Tuesday, 14 December, but the game was called off by the Premier League Board. Food that was due to be used on the night was donated to charity so that it did not go to waste.
The game was postponed due to the exceptional circumstances of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within the Manchester United squad. It was called off on Monday night and much of the food for the fixture was already in the stadium. It was, however, given to a good home - The Muslim Open Hands Kitchen, in Hounslow.
The Muslim Hands Open Kitchen serves free meals to rough sleepers, low-income families and needy children in Hounslow. The Open Kitchen welcomes everyone, providing food to take away. It is a safe space run for and by the community, where anyone in need will be treated with respect and dignity.
Jon Varney, Brentford FC Chief Executive, said: “The postponement of our game against Manchester United was obviously very disappointing for everyone, it was a game that we had all been looking forward to. But there is always a way to turn bad news into good by being able to work with our friends at the Muslim Hands UK Open Kitchen in Hounslow. We had a lot of food that would have gone to waste and it has now found a good home.
“Muslim Hands UK do great work tackling food poverty in the local area and we were very pleased we could help. We consider ourselves a very important part of the community in our part of London and this is just one way we can assist.”