Everton manager Sam Allardyce has branded the growing number of food banks a “disgrace” and accused Britain of “going back to the Dark Ages”.
Toffees staff and players visited a food bank in Liverpool this week.
Fans of both Everton and Liverpool have also been donating to collections.
“It’s extremely depressing that a country of this magnitude and where it thinks it lies can allow so many food banks to be operating in this country,” said Allardyce.
The 63-year-old praised the club’s fans and those working in the food banks but was critical of the fact that so many people are being forced to use the facilities.
“But for the goodwill of the Liverpool people – and the fans have a big say in the food bank that we went to in helping donate food for people less fortunate – I think it’s going back to the Dark Ages to allow it to continue,” he added.
“And it’s not only allowing it to continue, it’s growing at a rapid pace where people who are in work, not just on benefits, cannot afford to live at a decent level and have to go to a food bank to feed themselves and their children.
“I think it’s incredibly sad that a country like ours has allowed that to happen and will continue to allow it to happen.
“I think it’s a disgrace – apart from the people who actually work in it. They’re out of this world.”