A mosque who are aiming to raise over five tonnes of food aid this year, have already began collecting food donations throughout Ramadan.
Worshippers at Harrow Central Mosque in Station Road, Harrow have been collecting food during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, in aid of Sufra NW London’s Food Bank, which provided emergency food to 3,483 people last year.
Volunteers at the mosque will distribute shopping lists this week and worshippers are invited to donate food or buy food vouchers which will go to the food bank based in Pitfield Way, Stonebridge.
Director of Sufra NW London, Mohammed Mamdani said: “Over 18,000 children in Brent and Harrow live in extreme poverty and many families are unable to meet the cost of basic food items. This week we provided food aid to a young woman with a 27 day old baby, who was living on black tea, and wrapping her newborn in bed-sheets because she could not afford nappies. This is the reality of poverty in our community,”
During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, avoiding food and water throughout the day. After sunset, Muslims break their fast and visit the mosque for special night prayers. For many mosques, it is the busiest time of the year.
Trustee of Harrow Central Mosque, Mohammed Rahman said: “We are delighted to be supporting the excellent work that Sufra carries out, Ramadan is the month of giving and we all have a responsibility to help those living in food poverty."
Sufra NW London is a community food bank and kitchen, it is open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 12pm to 3pm at 160 Pitfield Way, Stonebridge, London, NW10 0PW.