Western United launches Foodbank Squad to lead Food Relief charity match

Western United Foodbank Food Relief

Western United stars Ryan Scott and Leo Lacroix and Calder United’s Alyssa Dall’Oste will champion the cause of putting food on the table for those in need as the trio signs on to be official ambassadors for Western United charity partner, Foodbank Victoria.

Scott said he is proud to represent the Club for this cause, one that he says is vital for Western United to support.

“I am very proud to be an ambassador for Foodbank. Food relief is a very important issue in our society and Foodbank delivers over one million meals to struggling Victorians every month,” he said.

“As a club, we have a major role to play in the community. We want the community to be there to support our Club and our Club wants to be there to bring together the people from our community as much as we can.

“With our partnership with Foodbank, I hope we can provide more meals for our people in the West who are in need.”

Lacroix added that this is a cause that is particularly close to him and he is looking forward to trying to make a difference in his new home in Melbourne.

“For me, to help people through something like Foodbank is the base in life. It means a lot,” he said.

Dall’Oste added that she is delighted to be able to represent Calder United in support of this cause.

“I am very proud to represent Calder and Western United, working alongside Foodbank as an ambassador. I hope to be able to help out in any way I can,” she said.

“Being able to help fight the issue of hunger in the community is so important to me personally, and important for us as a club to help give Foodbank a wider platform to spread awareness for such a growing issue.”

Foodbank Victoria continues to do outstanding work throughout Victoria, and in particular in Western United’s heartland in the Western suburbs.

Foodbank Victoria CEO Dave McNamara praised the trio for their involvement in the cause, saying they will be a big help to the ongoing issue.

“Having Ryan, Leo and Alyssa on board to help us create more meals for the most vulnerable in our community is something that will earn them plenty of fans,” he said.

“It takes real courage for people to front up and ask for food, and we know these three get that and are determined to make a big difference off field. This kind of determination is what we need to tackle food relief.”

In 2021, the Foodbank Hunger Report said that one in every six Victorian adults hadn’t had enough to eat over the previous year, while 1.2 million children had gone without adequate food.

Western United will also highlight the issue of hunger in a special Food Relief round against Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park on Sunday, February 20.

From now until 6:30pm on matchday, fans can donate to Foodbank to be in with a chance to win up to $10,000 in the 61 Design Kick to Win half-time competition.