Manchester United and Manchester City have joined forces to donate a combined £100,000 ($117,000) to help local food banks affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Collections are normally made at home games for both Manchester giants by fans' groups supporting food banks, but football in England is suspended until at least April 30 due to restrictions on mass gatherings due to coronavirus.

"We are proud of the role our supporters play in helping local food banks and recognise the increased strain likely to be placed on these charities by the impact of coronavirus," the clubs said in a joint statement.

"At a time of challenge for our community, we are pleased to come together with our fans to help vulnerable members of society in a City United."