UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Manchester launches campaign to help combat food poverty

Source: mancunianmatters.co.uk | Jasmine Jackson

“As Muslims, service to humanity is our duty, and given the challenge of food poverty, the campaign aims to make tasty and healthy meals more accessible.” Know more about us visit: http://www.loveforallhatredfornone.org

A Muslim charity in Manchester launched a national campaign to help combat food poverty in early December, after delivering food parcels to thousands during the pandemic.

The regional missionary and Imam for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community charity spoke to MM about their campaign to raise awareness, as well as the ongoing work they have been involved in throughout Covid-19.

Their new Cheap and Easy Cooking online campaign has shared cost saving meals using easy to follow recipes, encouraging people to cook at home rather than buying costly ready meals.

Muhammad Ahmad Khurshid, the charity’s regional missionary and Imam, said: “With the ongoing pandemic, we’ve come to realise how many families and vulnerable people have really been affected.

 “There are also children who aren’t going to school and they are struggling through this period too.

“As Muslims, striving to help those in need is one of the most fundamental parts of our faith.”

The campaign features a recipe booklet and short video tutorials on how to make Indian inspired dishes as quickly as possible – with some meals costing as little as nine pence per serving.

Starter packs for the recipes are also being donated to food banks to help those in need.

The charity has helped with other initiatives in the North West such as providing a call centre and a place to stay in their mosque during severe flooding.

They worked in association with Manchester City Council to deliver food to 16,000 people and 9,000 households during the pandemic, including many key workers and vulnerable people.

They also worked with several charities such as Bread and Butter – in association with the local council – the British Heart Foundation, Macmillan – poppy appeal, and the Manchester Children’s Hospital, as well as many others.

Councillor Bev Craig, Executive Member for Adult Health and Wellbeing, said:”Throughout the pandemic it has been made clear, time and again how strong community links are in Manchester.

“The kindness and generosity shown by members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community no doubt kept morale up at one of the darkest periods of this crisis.”

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