The Open Kitchen

Free meals for the vulnerable and needy in the UK

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How You Can Help

‘And they give food in spite of love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive, [Saying], “We feed you only for the countenance of Allah. We wish not from you reward or gratitude”’. (Qur’an, 76:8-9)

The Open Kitchen is free and open to all. It provides hot nutritious meals, twice a day, seven days a week.

The Kitchen will provide those experiencing food poverty with a safe space run for and by the community, where they will be treated with respect and dignity.

£35 can provide 10 meals
£70 can provide 20 meals
£140 can provide 40 meals
£350 can run the kitchen for one day (100 meals)

£30 per month can keep the kitchen open for the needy

Please donate generously and help those less fortunate.

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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


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 the homeless to low-income families.

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

The kitchen will be free and open to all, and will serve 100 hot, nutritious meals twice a day, seven days a week. Here, people will be able to enjoy good food in a warm, safe and friendly environment all year round.


Most importantly, the Open Kitchen will provide those experiencing food poverty with a community centred space, where they will be treated with respect and dignity.


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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.

 

Be like the Ansari 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 vulnerable and needy people within the UK in sha Allah.

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Rico's Story

In 2016, Rico found himself sleeping rough on the streets of Hounslow after losing his job in catering, where he had worked for 16 years. With no income, home or family, Rico ended up on the streets, begging for money and food just to get by: ‘I try to survive day by day. I eat fast food like KFC and McDonalds but nothing with nutritional value. I feel I am beginning to get sick’.

Living on the streets, Rico not only has to deal with constant hunger but also with the threat of violence and abuse from those who see him as an easy target.

On the streets, people look at you like you’re rubbish, they treat you like you’re worthless. We need support and for people to try to understand us. The Open Kitchen will benefit not only me but so many homeless people in London. To have somewhere where we can get two meals a day, and sit down in a comfortable setting like everyone else will change our lives.

The time we spend eating hot, healthy food in a warm, comfortable setting is invaluable. Not having to worry about food is a blessing'.

Read Rico's Story

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