Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden is volunteering at food banks as part of the NUFC Fans Food Bank initiative.

The former Arsenal midfielder has fully involved himself in the community up in Newcastle, and is astonished by what he’s experienced.

He’s found himself volunteering at a food banks as part of the NUFC Fans Food Bank initiative, which aims to raise money to support food banks.

Similar initiatives take place at Bournemouth, Burnley, Everton, Huddersfield, Liverpool, Manchester City, Millwall and Queens Park Rangers as well.

Speaking of the experience to the Guardian, Hayden said: “It’s crazy. You think: ‘How is it we’ve got these massive mansions, yet a few miles up the road people are queuing for food?’”

“People don’t want extravagant things. It’s cans of beans, cans of soup, cereal, bread, the basics – it’s about making sure they survive. It’s a different world. It’s sad it’s happening in the 21st century.”

The 22-year-old joined Arsenal from Southend United’s youth academy in 2013 and made just two first team appearances.

He was sold to Newcastle in 2016 when they were in the Championship.

A regular under Rafa Benitez, he helped them return to the Premier League and is now a key in midfield.

He never quite had the opportunity to impress at Arsenal, but is doing very well for himself.

It’s also nice to see he’s not shying away from difficult issues in society and is lending a helping hand when he can.

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