Despite being known for their charity work in Syria, we have raised over £10,000 and set up a foodbank from scratch in order to support families in Tameside throughout the lockdown. We began the project after a number of foodbanks were forced to close (often due to panic buying and demand outstripping supply) and helped fill food provision gaps. Dr Shameela Islam-Zulfiqar who led the project for Syria Relief says:
“This could not have been possible without a dedicated 120 strong volunteer group of drivers, student cooks, packers and logistical support from all backgrounds. We have been able to deliver 400 basic essential shopping bags to the elderly and isolated vulnerable households over 6 months."
"In partnership with the Union of Catholic mothers, Action Together and Age Concern, we have distributed 500 healthcare packs donated in kind by Everest Pharmacy Group with scope to do more as leaflets are being distributed throughout this second lockdown period."
“We are the only group to have continuously supplied weekly hot meals since March and are continuing to build capacity both locally and in other cities by expanding our student group of batch cooks by training more people with skills for community cooking and reducing food poverty for the most vulnerable in our communities."