Muslim Aid bakery feeds families during Gaza Conflict
The Al Huda ovens project, supported by Muslim Aid, was one of the few bakeries that remained open during the conflict in Gaza. The bakery, despite the security threats and food shortages, was able to continue to supply thousands of sweet and savoury pies to children and families every day.
During the fighting, the bakery faced fuel and flour shortages as well as frequent power cuts. The small workforce of 30 staff worked tirelessly to provide 12,000 pies a day to some of the 20,000 displaced families and the 1.5 million people who were left without food.
The bakery, which was established in 2004, is located in the centre of Khan Younis, a town south of Gaza. The pies are made from flour, eggs, thyme, jam and yeast which are purchased from local suppliers and are made using special kneading machines, which knead and shape the dough ready to be filled. They are then placed in ovens to cook. Once cooked, with the help of our partners Family Relief, they are distributed in bags to thousands of local school children and poor families.
“We feel proud that we were one of the few bakeries operating in the area” said Ahmed Al Breem from Families Relief, "We hope that with the construction of a new bakery in northern Gaza, we will be able to deliver even more meals in times of emergency”.
Since the project began, the bakery has provided food for over 54,000 beneficiaries.