The late postponement of Saturday’s scheduled match against Accrington meant there was plenty of food that might have gone to waste.
But Portsmouth Football Club joined forces with Pompey in the Community (PitC), as well as catering partners Elior and Sodexo, to ensure it was instead donated to worthy causes.
Clare Martin, CEO at PitC, explained: “I emailed the food banks network to see who could make good use of the food.
“The pies and sausage rolls that would have been sold to fans in the kiosks went to various homeless charities and hostels.
"Amidst all the doom and gloom caused by the coronavirus, it was nice that we were able to do something so positive."
“Meanwhile, food that would have been enjoyed by corporate guests went to St Simon’s Church for their ‘Sunday Suppers’ initiative.
“Amidst all the doom and gloom caused by the coronavirus, it was nice that we were able to do something so positive.”
Jim Campbell, the ‘Friday Fridge’ leader at St Jude’s Church, said: “We benefitted from a very generous donation of pies and sausage rolls to help feed the homeless and marginalised in our city.
“I wanted to pass on sincere thanks to all concerned in making this happen. Our guests and volunteers were most grateful.”