KYP Response to Covid 19 - Food Share Programme - 5/17/2020 - Events


Venue: Apna Ghar _ Unity House

Contact Name: Kalsoom Khanum

Email: kkhanum20@gmail.com

Please note we are still taking donations of non-perishable food and toiletries on Mondays and Fridays, 2.00-5.00pm from Friday 29th May 2020 onwards. Monetary donations are also accepted via the following link:

<Click to donate via gofundme>

Since the start of the pandemic, KYP has been supporting individuals understand and follow government guidelines; responding to queries; listening to people; providing virtual assistance; signposting to the Council’s Emergency Response Centres; signposting and referring to other help available through VCSE organisations as appropriate.

In early May we began collecting food and supplies to distribute to self-isolating individuals, those physically unable to go out, people known to us who were facing financial or other challenges, and generally, anyone that needed our help. In the face of adversity, we channelled the community spirit and with the help of others (including Empowering Minds, Aspire to Inspire Communities and Human Appeal), local businesses, local activists, volunteers and local residents, we embarked on this effort, not knowing the sort of response we would get. We were overwhelmed with the generosity of people, and as the pictures show, we were inundated with the response.

Our aim was to reach 350 households focussing on individuals and families with specific cultural dietary needs but not to the exclusion of others. Indeed, besides members of the BAME communities, we have supported local care homes, elderly people and vulnerable individuals across Rochdale borough, including Middleton, Heywood, Kirkholt and far afield as Bacup. Up until Sunday (17.5.20) we had already distributed over 250 food parcels; by Eid-ul-Fitr we hope to have reached 750+ people.

As we approach the end of Ramadhan, we aim to not only distribute food but also some toys for children to bring a bit of joy to those commemorating the end of the holy month in a rather alien manner. Ramadhan and Eid is traditionally a time for family and community, a time for giving and sharing with others, a time for being at one with our neighbours and strangers; we hope that through our efforts that we can spread a bit of joy and celebrate the occasion albeit in a different and safe manner.

We are extremely grateful to all the donors who kindly contributed food, toiletries, gifts and other supplies; we are extremely grateful to the volunteers who have worked tirelessly with us, most of whom were observing the 18 hour fast; and we are extremely grateful to our friends, families and well-wishers who have kept up our spirits and motivated us throughout. Our special thanks to Mohammed Sheraz (Empowering Minds), Kalsoom Khanum (Aspire 2 Inspire Communities) and Numaan Shahid (Human Appeal).