An exciting collaboration between a new food ordering app and South Shields FC Foundation will see foodies directly contribute to the health and well-being of their community.

South Shields Eats is aiming to rival online delivery giants including Deliveroo and JustEat by launching a local service which will see profits reinvested into the area.

As part of that commitment, we are delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached which will see 50p from every order made on the app donated to South Shields FC Foundation.

As well as enjoying outstanding food from some of the finest outlets in South Tyneside, customers will therefore also be able to support the incredible work being carried out by the Foundation in the borough.

The Foundation’s charitable purpose is to improve the health and well-being of the community, and it provides over £1million of social impact each year through its diverse activity programmes for people of all ages and abilities delivered from its base at Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare and in 12 local schools.

The additional potential regular form of income from South Shields Eats could prove invaluable to the Foundation, which currently works with 900 children every week, holds weekly activity programmes for boys and girls, runs a hugely popular schools delivery programme and manages 36 grassroots football teams.

The app launches this Thursday with more than 20 restaurants having already signed up, from some of the most established eateries in South Tyneside to more niche outlets which would not be found on other apps.

South Shields Eats Director Matt Fenton said: “As part of our franchise agreement we have a commitment to spend money in the area and help local charities, and after learning about the incredible work carried out by South Shields FC Foundation it was a no-brainer to create this partnership.

“The fact that every order made will directly impact on the health and well-being of the community is a great way for us to give something back to the area.

“That is one of the key reasons behind the launch of this service, as we are local people working on behalf of local businesses and customers, and instead of money disappearing out of this area we want to reinvest it into worthy projects like this.

“We know that the Foundation – which is such a key part of this incredible community – will put this money to fantastic use and we are so excited to begin a long-term partnership with them.”

The Local Eats franchise was first piloted to great success in Barrow-in-Furness, with local takeaways having saved just over £1million in commission since its launch in 2018.

South Shields Eats will take around half of the commission charged by the more established, international delivery services which currently operate in South Tyneside, with 50p of every order set to benefit young people and adults in the area through the Foundation.

South Shields FC Foundation Manager Steve Camm said: “This is a terrific boost for the Foundation and we are grateful to Matt for choosing us to be a beneficiary of the scheme.

“All funds raised for the Foundation are reinvested in its charitable purpose of improving health and well-being in some of the most deprived communities in the country.

“We will ensure that local people benefit from funds raised through participation in one of our diverse activity programmes – whether that’s physical or social activities – that support their mental health and well-being.”

For more information, visit www.southshieldseats.co.uk, search for South Shields Eats on Facebook or look for South Shields Eats on the app store when it launches on Thursday, April 2