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UK Food Aid

Charity begins at home and since Islamic Help set out on its mission in 2003 of Reaching People in Need, our neighbours in Birmingham have been at the forefront of our efforts.

Working with local partners and in particular the Balsall Heath Forum, we carry out food hamper distributions every year to the elderly and vulnerable in Balsall Heath, irrespective of their race, religion, gender or creed.

Every year, hundreds of food packs are handed over to some of our most vulnerable residents who are selected from a database compiled by the Forum and based on needs criteria. The elderly are particularly targeted for help as they are at increased risk of poverty and malnutrition as a result of food poverty.

The food items are generally non-perishable and for long term use. Each hamper consists of:

  • biscuits
  • tinned food
  • tea bags/coffee/powder milk
  • pasta and pasta sauce
  • chocolates
  • drinks such as cordials and fruit juices

The distributions are carried out by volunteers from Islamic Help, the Forum and local church and neighbourhood groups, all working together. The value of the programme has been recognised at the highest levels – those who have helped in the distributions include Nick Hurd, the then Minister for Civil Society.

Please support this effort to help those in need on our doorsteps, in our community. You can read about the programme at:

Your monetary donations will go towards purchasing the food contents of the hampers.

You can donate food items for the hampers BUT they can only be the items listed above and we cannot accept meat, fruit or vegetables (unless the fruit or vegetables are canned or tinned).

All donated food must be within its ‘sell by’ or ‘consume by’ date and fit for human consumption. Islamic Help reserves the right to refuse any food items which do not meet these criteria.

To donate food items and further information, please contact Imran Boota at 

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