The Open Kitchen

Provide free meals for the vulnerable and needy in the UK

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Food Poverty in the UK

Food poverty within the UK is a growing problem with 1 in 5 people now struggling to put food on the table. Despite London being one of the richest cities in the world, there are thousands that experience food poverty on a daily basis, ranging from homeless people to low-income families.

Due to the severity of this issue, Muslim Hands has established community kitchen for the homeless, low-income families and needy children in Hounslow.

The kitchen is free and open to all, serving 100 hot, nutritious meals twice a day, seven days a week. As temperatures drop and the frosts set in, vulnerable people can enjoy good food in a warm, safe and friendly environment this winter.

Most importantly, the Open Kitchen provides those experiencing food poverty with a community-centred space, where they are treated with respect and dignity.

Our Response to the Coronavirus

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, we are now delivering struggling families their food rather than serving it in a public kitchen. We are also aiming to increase the number of vulnerable people we are reaching with this essential service.

The Open Kitchen is just one of the ways we will be supporting at risk communities during this pandemic.

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Key Facts

Up to four million adults and children are at risk of going hungry within London

Homelessness affects around 300,000 people in the UK

10% of children in the UK are living in households affected by severe food insecuity

Dennis' Story

‘All I had before was my children, my wife, my car and £60 in my wallet. I needed help and The Open Kitchen gave me that help that I needed with a welcoming smile’.

When Dennis lost his job and his home all within a few weeks, he desperately needed help to feed his family. Discovering The Open Kitchen has ensured his family don't go hungry during this difficult time.

Dennis has been coming to The Open Kitchen for over a month now. He usually comes once a day with his wife and his two-year-old son, Joshua, and they take away some food for the other kids, Scarlett and Israel.

With the support of The Open Kitchen, Dennis' family are recovering from the crisis and rebuilding their lives. 

 

Read Dennis' Story

The Ansar Club

‘And the first forerunners [in the faith] among the Muhajireen and the Ansar and those who followed them with good conduct—Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him, and He has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever. That is the great attainment’. [Qur’an, 9:100]

The Ansar (The Helpers) were the people from Medina who supported the Prophet (saw) and the Muhajirun (emigrants) when they migrated from Makkah to Medina. They opened up their homes and their hearts, giving away portions of their annual income, swathes of farm land, and the shirts on their backs and displayed true hospitality to their new guests.

 

Keep their legacy alive and open your hearts to your community. Help us provide a place for people to expel their hunger in a safe, warm environment. We need 365 people to come forward and donate £30 per month to keep the kitchen open for the needy.

Your contribution will provide the foundation on which this community project will be built on. Any excess funds will go towards expanding our reach and feeding more needy people in the UK, in sha' Allah.

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Muslim Hands UK

Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an aid agency and NGO helping those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster in over 20 countries worldwide.