Covid-19 has hit all of us in different ways and brought with it many challenges. For some, that challenge is simply trying to feed themselves and their family. Sadly, an estimated 1 in 8 people in the UK don’t have enough food to eat and foodbanks are struggling to meet demand.
We want to do something about it. That is why BIJA will be partnering with Amrit Mann of the Panjab Restaurant in Covent Garden who are already doing great work providing preparing meals and supplying overstretched food banks*. Our aim is to raise £5000 (half of which is matched funding) which will provide 10,000 food boxes to those going hungry this winter.
Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank has agreed to provided matched funding enabling the provision of 10,000 food parcels – for every £1 donated, Mizrahi will give £1.
BIJA Co-Chair Zaki Cooper said:
“As a charity, we think it’s really important that our two communities use their relationship to benefit wider society, and show that they can help to solve social problems. Hunger, particularly amongst children, affects millions of people in the UK. Marcus Rashford and others have highlighted the issue, and we want to play our own small part in addressing it too.”
Matthew Plax, Head of Corporate Banking at Mizrahi Tefahot Bank, said:
“Hunger has always been a problem in the UK – it’s not just an issue for developing countries. However, this has been proliferated by the pandemic and thanks to the efforts of several high-profile role models, it is finally getting the rightful attention it deserves. Mizrahi Tefahot Bank, London Branch are proud to support this crucial cross-communal fundraiser, providing food packages to those most in need.”
You can help support us feed those who might otherwise go hungry this winter. Together, our communities can make a difference to so many lives.
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2021.
*The foodbanks we will be supporting include: The Queens Crescent Community Association, Highgate Newton Community Centre, Food Aid Hub, Castle Haven Community Centre NW1 (and the Clarence Way Terrence Hall), The London Irish Centre, Islington Parent Carers Network, Camden Free School Meals.
We are also supporting a large number of individuals and families via the New Journal food aid list.
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