As soon as our Masjid was under lockdown conditions, we converted part of our Masjid as a foodbank so that we can help reach out the most vulnerable in the community with the most basic essential – Food.
Looking back on how we started this food bank distribution reveals a lot of the achievements along the way. The opportunity to serve the needy, vulnerable, elderly, in self-isolation and those shielding in our community. It has been heart-warming to see the generosity of the community coming together in these very testing times. As we began the project we needed funds, food and volunteers and little did we know the tremendous response we would receive from our community.
We have over 40 volunteers in the food bank alone, having delivered nearly 4,000 food packs, delivered within the community to different faiths. It takes a lot of time, effort and resources to ensure we get the packs prepared and delivered to those who need them on a daily basis. Each food pack is tailormade to suit the needs of the household to take into account whether they have children. If requested, we also had the ability to give families basic hygiene packs containing – toothpaste & toothbrush, bodywash, shampoo, deodorant, sanitary towels, razors and soap.
As part of our journey we have networked with other food banks to ensure the supply chain was there at all times for the needy. The below are worth a mention for always being there to support our effort: including As-Suffa andBethany Community Foodbank
Our gallant effort also received a letter of appreciation from the Lord Mayor of Birmingham in recognition of our services to the community and the needy during the crisis. We are very grateful to our Real heroes - our keen and eager volunteers who would help each other in ensuring that no parcel ever missed delivery.