MUSLIM AID PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release: 16 December 2016
Ten tonnes of food donated to the homeless at East London Mosque ‘exceeded expectations’
“The Big Food Drive” organised by Muslim Aid exceeded all expectations today, as ten tonnes of food was donated for the homeless, outside the East London Mosque.
“We are overwhelmed by people’s generosity today and very pleased that this will mean thousands of homeless people in London will be well-fed over the Christmas and the winter period,” said Jehangir Malik, CEO of Muslim Aid. ‘We hope and pray that people from all backgrounds and walks of life will come together to contribute to the Big Food Drive to serve the most vulnerable in our communities.”
Dilowar Khan, Executive Director of the East London Mosque said: “It was heart-warming to see so many people bringing food to the Mosque and a good sign of our common humanity. We need to build on this and make sure that we support those less fortunate all year round.”
The Reverend Bernadette Hegarty of St Pauls, Bow Common Church, attended the event and said:
“Giving is an important part of both the Christian and Islam faith and it is important for us to be working together to do what we can to support our brothers and sisters.”
Members of the congregation, local businesses and schools all brought food to the mosque, including pallets of rice, pasta, cereals and baked beans.
This food is now being transported to a warehouse belonging to homeless charity, Crisis.
Notes to editors
Photos of the event, including Muslim Aid volunteers packing the food, people bringing the food and representatives of Muslim Aid and the East London Mosque, as well as The Reverend Bernadette Hegarty, are available here: