The Open Kitchen

Provide free meals for the vulnerable and needy in the UK


Food Poverty in the UK

The Prophet (saw) said, ‘He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while his neighbour goes hungry’. [Bukhari]

Food poverty within the UK is a growing problem with 1 in 5 people now struggling to put food on the table. Both London and Nottingham are home to some of the most deprived areas in the country, with thousands experiencing food poverty on a daily basis, ranging from homeless people to low-income families.

Due to the severity of this issue, Muslim Hands established a community kitchen for those affected by food poverty in West London. After the overwhelming response we received, we were able to open a second kitchen in Nottingham. Serving around 500 meals daily, The Open Kitchens also provide a warm, community-centred space where people are welcomed with respect and compassion.

The detrimental impact of the pandemic on the economy and people’s health and well-being has made the kitchen more important than ever, but how are we responding? We have increased our capacity to meet the growth in demand and we are delivering up to 150 meals a week to those who are shielding or particularly vulnerable.

Our neighbours need us. Refugees, homeless people, those who are ill or elderly and low-income families all benefit from the fresh meals the kitchen provides. Give to The Open Kitchen today to ensure our neighbours in the UK don’t go hungry.

Key Facts

Why do our neighbours in the UK need help?

Around 8.4 million people nationwide are living in food poverty

Homelessness affects around 300,000 people in the UK

37% of children in London are living in relative poverty

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How You’re Helping

Your donations are making a huge difference right here in the UK

Our first kitchen was established in 2018 as a response to growing food insecurity in London.

A team of almost 30 amazing volunteers keeps the Open Kitchen running seven days a week, 365 days a year, in two cities.

The Open Kitchen has collaborated with organisations, local and international, including St Mungo’s and Muslim Women’s Association.

With your support, at the end of 2021, we set up our second kitchen in Nottingham to tackle to local hunger and poverty.

As well as daily meals, your donations provide toys and clothes for children, baby milk, sanitary products, access to mental health support, and much more.

Thanks to you, the Open Kitchen has so far, served over 215,000 meals to rough sleepers, low-income families, refugees and those with disabilities.

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

Q. Where can I find an Open Kitchen near me?

A. With your support we are now running two Open Kitchens serving nutritious meals to those in need in the UK.

The Hounslow Open Kitchen is located at 514 Great West Road, TW5 0TE.

The Nottingham Open Kitchen is located at 207 Mansfield Road, NG1 3FS.

Q. What are the opening hours for the Open Kitchen?

A. Our Nottingham branch is open from 11am - 2pm Monday to Sunday and 11am - 1pm every Friday.

Our Hounslow branch is open from 1pm - 2pm Monday to Sunday.

Q. I want to contact the Open Kitchen. Who can I speak to?

A. For queries related to the Open Kitchen in Nottingham, please contact Imran Khan on 07890584506.

For queries related to the Open Kitchen in Hounslow, please contact Ehsan Choudhury on 07801179990.

The Prophet (saw) said, 'One who spends the night with a full stomach while his neighbour is hungry, has not believed in me'. [Mustadrak al-Wasa’il]

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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.