Sufra, NW London Foodbank

This is not a review of a restaurant but an eye opener for us all. Yes, we can enjoy food and go out exploring the various cuisines available but it’s so important that we value this blessing.

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ ۚ هَلْ مِنْ خَالِقٍ غَيْرُ اللَّهِ يَرْزُقُكُم مِّنَ السَّمَاءِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۚ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ فَأَنَّىٰ تُؤْفَكُونَ

“O people speak of God’s blessing upon you. Is there any creator other than God who provides for you from the heaven and the earth? There is no God beside Him. How could you deviate?” 35:3

This post is dedicated to the charity Sufra in North West London. The word “Sufra” originates from the Persian meaning “table-setting” or anything “on which food is served”.

This charity operates a foodbank, where families who are unable to afford groceries are able to receive packages of food for at least a few days. The food bank issued a total of 883 food parcels supporting 3,483 people. More than half (57.3%) of recipients in need of emergency food aid were children under the age of 18 years.

Below is a blurb from the charity itself:

Sufra NW London aims to confront food poverty in the London Borough of Brent. We are the only food bank in the area, and over the last year the charity has provided emergency food aid to 3,483 people including the disabled, elderly and infirm. Recently, a 7-month pregnant lady with 2 children walked 4 miles to the food bank for basic groceries, because she had been unable to provide her children with food for the past 2 days.

 We recognise that food aid can only provide immediate relief, and we are therefore launching a range of services that target the root causes of poverty. Our flagship Food Academy, which launched a few months ago, provides accredited training for unemployed young people between ages of 16-25 years in cookery skills, as a means to find employment in the catering and hospitality industries. Other services in development include a hot-meals and advocacy service for asylum seekers, a subsidised vegetable box scheme providing fresh fruit and vegetables to low income families, financial literacy training for single mothers and health screenings for families unable to access preventative medical services.

Through a holistic intervention we aim to respond to both the causes and effects of poverty in the community.

Salt&Sheikh will be setting up some collection points around London so if you are interested in donating some foodstuffs please email us to saltandsheikhy@gmail.com
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