The project started in April 2020 as part of our ‘Fight C19’ Covid emergency response. It was called 'Iftar For All' back then because it distributed Iftars during Ramadan - the meal with which Muslims break their fast during the holy month. But anyone could take the food and we were shocked when we realised that nearly 70% of the people who came weren’t fasting – they were just hungry. We've been serving ever since.
We distribute up to 750 healthy, nutritious meals a week. We see families, elderly people on their own, people with no cooking facilities, asylum seekers from a nearby hostel and many homeless. Most get no support anywhere else. We chat to them as they pick up their meals and often find out about their problems. Increasingly, we are able to stop their issues from getting worse by directing them to our Advice and Guidance service (a referral they would not have sought themselves).
It's a vital service in so many ways and any donation you can make would be brilliant. £2.50 will cover the cost of one meal. £10 will feed a family of four. £75 would feed one person for the whole month. £300 would feed a family.
January 2021 update: Due to the current lockdown and rapid spread of the virus, we're having to restrict our centre's opening hours and serve 'Supper For All' at lunchtime. We've nicknamed it 'Lockdown Lunch' - but nothing else has changed.
Any extra money generously donated by our supporters will be used for our other Fight C19 Covid services.
Best wishes and please stay safe,
The QCCA Team.
- Anita Whittle
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