The Edinburgh-based charity, Empty Kitchens Full Hearts, has signed a sponsorship deal with the Club that will run from the beginning of the 2022/23 campaign.
The partnership will see the Empty Kitchens Full Hearts logo feature on the lower back of the new Women’s Team home and away shirts for the start of the 2022/23 season.
As well as being a shirt sponsor, supporters will see EKFH’s logo and branding across social media channels and the charity will have access to player content.
Anneka Torrance, Commercial Sales and Partnerships Executive at Hibernian FC, commented:
“It is a pleasure for Hibernian FC to be teaming up with Empty Kitchens Full Hearts, they represent a hugely important cause in currently testing times. I would encourage anyone to get involved and learn more about what EKFH are doing in their community. We look forward to working closely with this fantastic charity throughout the season and thank them for their involvement with our Women’s Team.”
Since April 2020, Empty Kitchens Full Hearts has been turning surplus and donated food into nutritious meals that are home-delivered to those in need across Edinburgh. Since then, more than 1.5 million meals have been cooked, packed and delivered by an amazing community of volunteers.
Emily Gifford, Fundraising Manager at EKFH, added:
“Empty Kitchens Full Hearts is delighted to be partnering with Hibernian FC Women this season, thanks to a generous benefactor. At such an exciting time for the Club, and women’s football as a whole, we can’t wait to support our local Edinburgh team while they help us to raise awareness of our work, and the scale of food poverty hitting communities across Edinburgh and beyond.”
As the cost of living crisis continues to disproportionately impact the most vulnerable in our local community, the need for Empty Kitchens Full Hearts service is unfortunately only going to continue to rise. For just £1.50 per day EKFH can prepare, pack and deliver lunch, dinner and snacks for one person, and at present more than 6,000 meals are being delivered every week.
People in need of EKFH’s service are often facing multiple, compounding vulnerabilities, including poverty, mental and physical health challenges, unemployment, and social isolation. Of service users taken on since the beginning of June this year, more than 25% are children.