Sufra NW London is proud to work in partnership with SJFA over the football season to raise awareness of food poverty amongst children and young people who are members of the club.
Every year, Sufra NW London collects and distributes over 50 tonnes of non-perishable food to nearly 4,000 people in absolute crisis. These include a wide range of beneficiaries such as the mentally unwell, the disabled, carers, the unemployed, the elderly and low-income families affected by poverty. The Food Bank, which relies entirely on donations from the public, is the culmination of extensive partnerships with local charities, corporate sponsors, faith communities and youth organisations, which together ensure that no one in our community should ever go hungry.
But our work extends beyond the provision of emergency food aid to encompass a wide programme of activities that responds to the underlying causes of deprivation and disadvantage that perpetuate the cycle of poverty.
In this regard, the Food Bank acts as a gateway to the following services:
· a community kitchen that provides a 3-coure meal every Friday evening for the vulnerable, elderly and socially isolated offering healthy food and company;
· welfare surgeries that deliver advice and advocacy on issues related to housing, benefits and employment;
· a food academy that trains young people in cookery skills as part of an accredited qualification leading to employment in the catering industry;
· a resettlement programme that supports newly arrived refugees access English language skills and statutory services to enable them to build a new life in the community;
· an employability programme that delivers business, catering and function skills training to the long-term unemployed, to help them transition into available jobs in the catering industry;
· a food growing project that creates a therapeutic space for people the mentally unwell and people with disabilities, as well as accredited learning in horticulture for people of all ages;
· a care navigator project (in partnership with the NHS) that assists those with medical conditions better care for their health and wellbeing.
We are very grateful to SJFA for selecting Sufra NW London as (one of their) charity partners for the coming year and we look forward to planning a regular programme of food collections, healthy living activities and volunteering events for club members.
Mohammed S Mamdani
Sufra – NW London